2023: Atiku Reels Out Qualities That Make Okowa The Right Running Mate - Matrixliveng
 2023: Atiku Reels Out Qualities That Make Okowa The Right Running Mate
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 2023: Atiku Reels Out Qualities That Make Okowa The Right Running Mate

Atiku and Okowa

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has reeled out the qualities that made Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa the right running mate.

According to Atiku, Okowa possesses the relevant qualities for the position of Vice-President coupled with appropriate experiences in both the legislative and executive arms of governance.

Atiku noted, “It is a difficult decision that I was called upon to take but I am not afraid to make difficult decisions.

“Someone hoping to lead a complex country such as ours, tough and difficult decisions will remain part of my everyday life, let me, therefore, start this momentous journey with a crucial decision about who among the eminently qualified shortlist will be my running mate.

“Accordingly, let me state that the person who I have chosen as my running mate possesses those identified qualities; he personifies not only the seriousness the current moment represents for our country but also the future that our young people yearn for and also deserve.

“He’s a serving governor who has demonstrated in his state and through his conduct that governance is about service to the people. I know that he will not only add excitement to our energized campaign but will also help to bring focus, discipline and stability to our government come 2023.

“I am pleased therefore to announce here my choice of a running mate who will help to lead us to victory next year not only in the presidential elections but also in the governorship and legislative elections.

“He will be by my side as I work hard every day to provide people with security, revive our economy, improve education and unite our country, he has both legislative and executive experiences; His Excellency Governor Ifeanyi Authur Okowa”.

Recall that Atiku had earlier on Thursday announced Okowa as his running mate.

 Prior to the announcement, Atiku explained that it was a tough decision to arrive at his choice of a running mate, stating that he selected Okowa due to the perceived qualities of the latter in governance and politics.

Mr Okowa, 62, is a medical doctor born in Owa-Alero in Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State. He was the chairman of the local government council from 1991 to 1993 and joined the PDP upon its formation in 1998. He served as a commissioner in many ministries under the government of Mr Ibori between 1999 and 2007 when he resigned to contest for the PDP governorship ticket in 2007 but lost. In June 2007, Mr Okowa was appointed Secretary to the Delta State Government, a position he held until his election as Senator for Delta North Senatorial District in 2011. He was elected governor in 2015 and reelected in 2019.

He was also fingered as one of those who facilitated the emergence of Atiku by consistently supporting Atiku despite all backlashes. He mobilised resources for us and ensured that all the delegates of his state voted for us one of the leaders of the Atiku campaign team said.  

Strength: A team player, loved by many and has leadership virtues as well as the implementation of the well-thought-out Smart Agenda and Stronger Delta mantra. Another factor said to favour Mr Okowa in the consideration is his close linguistic and cultural affinity with the South-East, as the Igbo language is spoken in the governor’s senatorial district in Delta State. It is also believed that Okowa will be loyal to his principal, while also having the capacity to perform the constitutional and other roles that may be assigned to them.

Weakness: Perceived lack of wider exposure to national politics. His media aides have since come out to challenge this notion.

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