Why Igbos should be glad Okowa emerged Atiku’s running mate – Delta SSG

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For Delta State Government, Igbo speaking part of the Southeast Nigeria should be exceedingly glad that Gov Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State emerged the running mate of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of PDP in the 2023 presidential election

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The Delta SSG, Patrick Ukah, said it would be a win-win situation for the Southeast if Okowa eventually emerges as Vice President, as he (Okowa) hails from the Igbo-speaking part of Delta, and therefore, more of Igbo than mere geographical location.

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Speaking on Arise TV interview, the SSG said Okowa “will be a very strong representation of the Southeast” in Atiku’s presidency in the event that they win the February 25 presidential election, stressing, “I don’t want to believe that is going to be an issue.

“Before I myself came into government, I was the Secretary-General of Oganihu-Anioma, the professional arm of the Igbo-speaking Deltans.

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“Senator Ifeanyi Okowa’s father was a front-liner in the Anioma movement and Anioma is the Igbo-speaking part of Delta State and that is where Okowa is from.

“So, if anybody makes a statement and now said that Okowa is not part of them,  that would be very injurious body polity because I believe that we are all one. If Okowa is from one part that makes up Delta State and the Igbo-speaking part that is Anioma, which is an Igbo-speaking part of Nigeria, an average Igbo man should be happy to see Okowa Vice Presidency and I believe that is not going to be an issue because over the years, we have been together.

“Even when we operated with people like Ogbonnaya Onu and the others, we have always argued that this language of Bendel-Igbo and Anambra-Igbo would not be good for us because we are looking for the number and we represent that number across the Niger.

“The majority of those who live in the capital territory are all from across the Niger and we have lived as brothers and sisters and we all mingle;  they build houses here and we stay together.”

The State Online reports that finally, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 elections, Atiku Abubakar, has announced Gov Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as his running mate.

Atiku made the announcement at a meeting attended by PDP executives at the party’s headquarters in Abuja.

PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, said a 17-member committee had been set up by the party to pick a running mate, saying the committee had submitted three names to Atiku from which he chose.

Speaking at the announcement event, Atiku said making a choice among the three names had been herculean, noting that some of the qualities he looked for include someone who understands the enormity of the challenges bedeviling the nation as well as someone who has demonstrated, from experience, that he can proffer solutions to the country’s array of problems, not grandstanding.

Atiku said, in the main, he looked for someone who has the qualities of a president, who can effectively stand for him when he is away.

“While all the three names submitted were immensely qualified, I had to settle for just one, and that one is Okowa,” he said./SHARE THIS

  • Tags: Atiku Abubakar, Ifeanyi Okowa, Patrick Ukah, Delta State Govt, PDP
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