Okowa is an asset to Nigeria, Atiku says

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has described his running mate, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, as a tenacious person adding that he is an asset to Nigeria, regarding the party’s campaign to victory in the general election in 2023.

Atiku in a statement on Sunday, said that the first and most important decision that any candidate for an executive position in a democracy must make is the choice of a running mate.

He described the Delta State Governor as “a fine gentleman, but tenacious. His experience as a Senator will come in handy in some of the legislative reforms that are urgently needed to reform our governmental processes. We are incurable optimists in the future of Nigeria and the promises it holds as one united, peaceful and prosperous country.”

Okowa was nominated by the presidential candidate as the former vice president’s running mate on Thursday, after rumours that Rivers State Governor, Nyesome Wike, had been selected by the party advisory committee as the vice presidential candidate the day before.

The former vice president stated further that: “The office of the President, in particular, requires that the holder of that office must have clarity of the mind on decision-making.

“That is why in countries that have acquired more experiences in democratic acculturation, the choice that a presidential candidate makes about their running mates, and how they make the decision, provides a window of assessing their preparedness for the job that potentially waits ahead of them.”

According to Atiku, him and Okowa share a lot of personality attributes in common, pointing out that “the months ahead to the general election, together with other great leaders of our party, the Peoples Democratic Party and, with your esteemed support, we shall work very hard to ensure convincing victory for our party.

“A victory for the PDP in the general election is a victory for Nigeria. When we win, Nigeria wins. The stakes in the election are very high, and it gives me tremendous joy that I can count on your support to win the election and get to work in earnest,” Atiku concluded.

Abdullahi Sanni

Abdullahi Sanni is a senior news reporter at SHO PEN ONLINE. He is a passionate writer with core interest in Politics, sports and economy reports. Abdullahi who studied mass communication at Kwara state polytechnic in Ilorin, is the 1st of six in his family. He's a multimedia journalist who has traveled far and wide in the course of his journalism career.

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