By Ismail Auwal
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said that he has chosen the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, because he ticks all the boxes of qualities he requires.
He, however, said the decision was not arrived at until after a wide consultation with party’s stakeholders.
“In arriving at the decision, I held wide consultations with various stakeholders in our party including our governors, national working committee, board of trustees, and other leaders to seek their inputs and their wisdom,” he said.
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He added that thhe person must appreciate the critical importance of education in the development of modern societies “so we can prepare our young people to be able to compete in the increasingly competitive and globalized world.”
The presidential candidate said that his running mate must understand that without security, the development will be very difficult.
Atiku said that his running mate will be a person who will stand him as he confront the frightening level of insecurity in our land.
“In addition, my running mate has to be someone who is not afraid to speak his mind and give honest advice, and, be by my side as I work very hard to
“The wisemen and sages of the party, put together by our NWC, have gone fishing and brought home an enviable group of awesome politicians that surpasses these qualities.”
“Every one of the recommended persons is a fit and proper individual to hold this office. While this makes me marvel at the bundle of talents that abounds in our party, it also compounded my task of choosing a single person from among them.”
He said he wish all the recommended persons could be announced today as his running mates. “Unfortunately, only one must be chosen.”
“It is a difficult decision that I am called upon to take. But, as someone hoping to lead a complex country such as ours, tough and difficult decisions would remain a part of my everyday life,” he said.
According to him Okowa personifies not only the seriousness the current moment represents for Nigeria but also the future that our young people yearn for and deserve.
“I know that he will not only add excitement to our already energized ticket and campaign, but will also help to bring focus, discipline and stability to our government, come 2023.”
Abubakar added that members of the party must be united to secure victory in the 2023 elections.
Abubakar on Thursday named Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta state, as his running mate in the 2023 presidential election.