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Anambra Guber: Chidoka Picks Running Mate



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Frontline contender in the November 18, 2017 Anambra governorship

election and candidate of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief

Osita Chidoka has picked economic strategist and multitalented

administrator, Chief Marcel Ogbonnaya Okeke as his running mate.

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Okeke’s selection was after extensive consultations among key opinion

leaders and stakeholders, in line with the UPP’s determination to

enthrone meritocracy, visionary leadership, dynamism, and

all-inclusiveness in the governance of Anambra State.


An intellectual, administrator and philanthropist, Okeke, who hails

from Ogbunka Town in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra

State, brings to the race a stellar reputation as a technocrat arising

from his problem-solving expertise derived from decades of meritorious

service in the private sector, making his combination with the

candidate, Chief Osita Chidoka, an inevitable winning team.  Together,

Chidoka and Okeke will deliver the modern economy that is desirous to

Ndi Anambra.


Okeke brings his administrative expertise and private sector

experience, which includes strategic roles as Chief Economist and Head

of Research, Economic Intelligence and Sustainability Group at Zenith

Bank Plc as well as in his career as a Divisional Head in Shell

Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).  Okeke sits on many corporate

boards where he brings his intellect and commitment to excellence to

building and transforming businesses.


He holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka

and an MBA (Finance) from the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. This

is in addition to Specialist Certificate in Financial Journalism at

the Centre for Foreign Journalists in Virginia, USA.


Speaking at a meeting of the leadership of the United Progressive

Party, Chief Chidoka said, “Chief Okeke brings a wealth of first-hand

knowledge on how to build modern economies.  His work as Chief

Economist of one of Nigeria’s biggest banks brings a network of

contacts in international financial centres that would be relevant for

the transformation we intend to deliver in Anambra State.


He continued, “Chief Okeke would be a strong partner in our commitment

to reform the public service in our State to deliver on the hopes and

aspirations of our people.”


In response, Chief Marcel Okeke commended the vision, drive, and

impact that Chief Chidoka has brought to the various offices he has

held in Nigeria.


“I am happy to join Ike Obosi and Ndi Anambra in this journey to,

within four years, begin our journey of becoming an economic success

story, not only in Nigeria, but in Africa.  We will apply the Chidoka

principles of “Uche, Uchu, na Egwu Chukwu” to claim Anambra’s rightful

place as a globally recognized modern economy,” he said.


Okeke has been screened and cleared by the National Leadership of our

great party and his particulars have since been submitted to the

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the



He is a devout Catholic who has contributed immensely to the

development of the Church and his community. He is married with



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