It is the season of picking running mates and the candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore, does not want to be left behind.

He has chosen the person he will be flying the flag with come 2019- that person is Rabiu Rufai.

According to a statement signed by Malcolm Fabiyi, the Director General of the Sowore campaign, Rufai was selected the vice presidential candidate of the AAC.

Rufai from Jigawa State is an expert in public health intervention and his areas of expertise include Maternal and Child Health Services, Communicable Disease Prevention & Control, Health Systems Development for Primary Health Care, Health Management, Policy and Planning, Health Economics and Policy Research, Health System Development and Strengthening, Demography, Monitoring & Evaluation of Health Programs, Medical Statistics and Epidemiology.

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He is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians (FWACP) and also a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH). He is also a member and Associate Fellow of the West African Postgraduate Medical College, a Member and Associate Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria and a Member of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.

Speaking on the choice of Rufai, AAC presidential candidate, Sowore, said, “In our bid to work on Nigeria’s multifaceted challenges and proffer solutions that will create a true giant out of our nation, we have always believed that health care, population health and health economics, ranks alongside national security and power, as critical areas that a serious government must address.

“I can think of no one more qualified than Dr Rufai to spear head that aspect of our agenda. Health is Wealth – and in our government, Dr Rufai will be responsible for ensuring that Nigerians have access to affordable and world-class healthcare and translating that to economic growth.”

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