UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has finally ended speculation on his choice of running mate by settling for party vice president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba popularly known as GBM.
Mr Hichilema and his running Mr Mwamba have since successfully filed in their nomination papers.
ECZ Chairperson Justice Esau Chulu validated both Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba’s nominations.
Speculation had been rife over the past few days over who the UPND leader would pick as his running mate with former first lady Dr Christine Kaseba being among those thought to be on the shortlist.
And addressing scores of supporters after filing his nomination papers, Mr Hichilema said God has given Zambians another opportunity to redeem the country from total collapse.
He warned Zambians against making the same mistake they made in January 2015 by voting for the PF.
Mr Hichilema says when voted into power the UPND will use its ten point plan to create jobs and other opportunities.
And Mr Hichilema has thanked party vice president for politics Dr Canicius Banda for his magnanimity by accepting his choice for running mate, promising him a senior Cabinet position once elected.
He has also thanked Mr Mwamba for accepting to be his running mate.
And Mr Mwamba says like many people he was in the dark over Mr Hichilema’s choice of running mate.
He thanked him for the confidence he has shown in him by picking him as his running mate.
And Dr Canicius Banda congratulated Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba for successfully filing in their nominations.