After his failed second try as a presidential candidate and fourth try as an aspirant, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Get together and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has lastly nominated an excellent selection of working mate within the individual of Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, to ensure his victory within the 2023 presidential race. Ejiofor Alike examines what Okowa is bringing to the joint ticket
A former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) within the 2023 basic election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar didn’t disappoint political analysts when he introduced Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as his working mate. Atiku introduced Okowa’s nomination on Thursday at an unveiling occasion of his working mate held in Abuja. Atiku mentioned making a selection between the three really helpful names had been a troublesome determination.
He famous that among the qualities he appeared out for embody somebody who understands the enormity of the challenges dealing with the nation and one who has demonstrated, from expertise, that he can proffer some options.
The Nationwide Chairman of PDP, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, had mentioned a 17-member committee was arrange by the social gathering to choose a working mate for Atiku. He mentioned the committee had submitted three names – Okowa; Rivers State governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike and Akwa Ibom State governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel to Atiku.
Ayu, nevertheless, mentioned the ultimate determination on the social gathering’s vice-presidential candidate was for Atiku to make. Earlier than Thursday’s announcement, there was pressure within the social gathering when Wike was imagined to have been chosen because the vice presidential candidate to Atiku. Nevertheless, there was aid when the PDP on Wednesday dismissed reviews that its Choice Committee had settled for the Rivers State governor.
Those that are aware of Wike’s antecedence mentioned he’s not one of the best man for the job. Wike is alleged to have been working amok since he received his re-election bid as governor. Although he claimed to have stood behind the PDP, when Atiku and others defected to the APC earlier than the 2015 basic election, he has solely introduced division and disaster to the social gathering.
The Rivers State governor, who has spared nobody in his media spats with prime politicians within the nation, has established a fame as a divisive determine who has no restraint in his verbal assaults, which many have described as unbecoming of a presidential or vice presidential candidate.
Wike was believed to be behind the Cross River State PDP disaster that pressured Governor Ben Ayade to dump the social gathering for the All Progressives Congress (APC). He had additionally launched verbal assaults on Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, whom he described as a ‘mere deputy governor’.
Many chieftains of the opposition social gathering consider that the worry of Wike’s tongues is the start of political knowledge. He was additionally believed to be behind the travails of a former Nationwide Chairman of the social gathering, Prince Uche Secondus. No surprise Secondus has since congratulated Atiku for making a selection in choosing Okowa as his working mate.
In a press release by his media aide, Mr. Ike Abonyi, the previous PDP chairman mentioned with the duo of Atiku and Okowa, the PDP could be victorious on the polls.
“Prince Secondus mentioned that Atiku’s selection of governor Okowa as his working mate reveals his knack for selecting a superb head to be round him for the gargantuan process forward. The previous nationwide chairman mentioned that with the choosing of a working mate, the candidacy is full and PDP is now set for the inevitable journey again to Aso Rock come 2023,” the assertion defined. Certainly, it was not shocking that Wike was rejected as Atiku’s working mate. In contrast to Wike, the Delta State governor is without doubt one of the few PDP chieftains with excessive degree of integrity, maturity and with no political baggage. He’s additionally level-headed with no divisive tendency. Okowa’s wonderful efficiency as Delta State governor can be a reference level that may come in useful when the time comes for the PDP to market the Atiku-Okowa ticket to the Nigerian voters. As a former senator, he has each legislative and govt expertise.
Okowa’s oil-rich Delta State with its monumental sources will even assist through the marketing campaign.
Shortly after Atiku unveiled Okowa as his working mate, the PDP Vice Presidential Candidate Screening Committee said that it discovered the Delta State governor absolutely certified to be the working mate to Atiku.
The Chairman of the Committee, Chief Tom Ikimi, who said this whereas briefing journalists, mentioned that the job of the committee was to display the nominees for working mate to make sure that the social gathering didn’t run into any drawback.
“Okowa has served in lots of capacities within the public service of Delta State in addition to native authorities council of that state. He additionally served as commissioner at one time in that state and in reality, he served because the senator representing one of many senatorial districts of the state,” Ikimi reportedly defined.
Atiku whereas talking on his selection mentioned his vice presidential candidate should fulfill the qualities to be president and one that might complement him as a president. He added that he ought to symbolise the standard to unite Nigeria, and shouldn’t be afraid to talk and provides recommendation on governance within the nation. He additionally added that his working mate should perceive what he described because the depth of rots within the Nigerian system.
“In different phrases, the individual will need to have the qualities to be president. The individual will need to have an appreciation of the deep rot which our nation has been put into by the rudderless APC authorities; understands the good struggling that the majority of our persons are going by means of and the urgency of relieving them of that struggling; understands the vital significance of financial development and improvement to supply our younger individuals with jobs, hope, and a pathway to wealth.
“My working mate should perceive that with out safety, improvement will probably be very troublesome as a result of native and international buyers, who’ve been scared away already, wouldn’t return to put money into our financial system. Thus, my working mate will probably be an individual who will stand by me as I confront the horrifying degree of insecurity in our land,” Atiku defined.
“As well as, my working mate must be somebody who shouldn’t be afraid to talk his thoughts and provides trustworthy recommendation, and be by my aspect as I work very exhausting to reverse the harmful impression of the previous seven years of the APC authorities,” Atiku added.
The previous vp described Okowa as a fighter.
“You understand him to be a fighter; him to care about profitable; him to care about good governance; and him to care about our individuals,” Atiku mentioned.
There is no such thing as a doubt that Atiku has made a proper selection that has the capability to ensure his victory on this ultimate journey to the presidency.