Ifeanyi Okowa, the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, has committed to work with the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to save Nigeria.
He stated that he will join forces with Atiku and other Nigerian stakeholders to “save Nigeria from the precipice.”
Okowa, who is also the governor of Delta State, made the commitment on Thursday, shortly after being named as the main opposition party’s presidential candidate’s running mate.
“I thank God for this unique honor, and I applaud our flagbearer, His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and other leaders of our Party for this wonderful honour,” Okowa wrote on his Facebook page.
I commit to work with His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, our party’s leaders and stakeholders, and all patriotic Nigerians to bring our country back from the brink.”
According to the PUNCH, one of the elements Atiku evaluated was Okowa’s extensive experience and political trajectory, which positioned him well to succeed Atiku as president after his tenure.
I sought feedback and wisdom from a wide range of stakeholders in our party, including our Governors, National Working Committee, Board of Trustees, and other leaders, in making my decision.
During these discussions, I made it obvious that my running mate would be capable of succeeding me at any time, i.e., a President-in-waiting.” According to Atiku,
“In other words, the person must have the qualifications to be President,” he continued.
The person must understand the deep rot into which our country has been plunged by the rudderless APC government; the great suffering that most of our people are experiencing and the urgency of alleviating that suffering; and the critical importance of economic growth and development in providing jobs, hope, and a path to wealth for our young people.
The individual must recognize the vital role of education in the development of modern societies so that we can better equip our youth to participate in an increasingly competitive and globalized world.
My running partner must recognize that without security, development would be difficult because local and foreign investors, who have already been scared away, will not return to our economy to invest. As a result, my running mate will be someone who will support me as I face the terrifying degree of uncertainty in our country.