The governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has released a statement about his selection as the running mate of the PDP’s Atiku Abubakar, the 2023 candidate for president. Atiku Abubakar.
Okowa declared his gratitude to God for the privilege of being an Vice Presidential candidate. Okowa also appealed to Nigerians to unite and help them in 2023.
The statement read “I thank God for this rare privilege, and I appreciate our flagbearer, His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and other leaders of our Party for this great honour.”
“I pledge to join hands with His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the leaders and stakeholders of our party, and all patriotic Nigerians to rescue our country from the precipice.”
The shrewd politician was competing with the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike who was also eyeing the coveted seat. Wike was first suggested to the post by a 19-man panel set up by the ruling party to oversee the process of selection.
The result was not well-liked with the top leadership of the party who decided to vote for Okowa.
At the ceremony of announcement on Thursday, the Chairman of the Party, Iyorchia Ayu revealed that the choice for Okowa had been taken at the direction of Atiku himself following proper consultation with all important stakeholders of the party.