Delta Gov.Okowa Is Atiku’s Running Mate
If Pt findings are anything to go by then the Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, has emerged as the running mate of the PDP flag bearer ,Alhaji Tiku Abubakar.
Pt gathered that Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, was as of today (Thursday) morning the final choice of Atiku.
A source close to Atiku said that “Barring any last-minute change of plans, Mr Okowa would be the nominee to be unveiled today,”
Paul Ibe, the media adviser and spokesman to Atiku, declined to comment on the identity of the vice-presidential nominee, saying we should wait for the official announcement.
“What I can say is that the candidate (Atiku) is anxious to conclude this process of picking a running mate so we can move to the next stage of kicking out the APC from power. His choice will definitely gladden the hearts of all well-meaning Nigerians.”
The party had set up a committee to recommend some candidates to the former vice president.
But despite reports on Tuesday that the committee overwhelmingly recommended Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, his recommendation did not go well with many leaders of the party.
The leaders felt that Mr Wike is not suitable for a position that places him a heartbeat away from the presidency.
A number of party chieftains raised concerns about the governor’s temperament, his perceived dictatorial tendencies and his propensity for picking fights even with key allies.
Some also argued that Mr Okowa possessed a better intellectual bent and would bring better value to governance at the federal level if the ticket is eventually elected by Nigerians.
Mr Okowa supported Atiku in the primary where Mr Wike was his closest challenger.
After his public presentation Thursday morning, Mr Okowa will appear before a screening committee of the party.
Political parties have until Friday (tomorrow) to submit lists of their candidates for the 2023 elections to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).