Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, former vice president and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has chosen Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta as his running mate.
Addressing members of the Board of Trustees (BoT) at the party headquarters on Thursday, Atiku said he has consulted with all organs of the party.
He also said party unity is critical for good campaign and ruling the country and as such very happy to announce the running mate today.
He must have the “potential to suicide me at a moment notice, must have qualities of a president.”
He said he wished all the recommended qualified person to work with him, “Iam pleased to announce the one that will be by my side. He Ifeanyi Okowa.
Mr Okowa, governor since 2015, was chosen from the ranks of serving governors and credentialed politicians in the South-East and South-South regions.
Mr Okowa was made the ultimate nominee after a fierce contest with Governor Nyesom Wike of Delta.
Mr Abubakar’s allies said he picked Mr Okowa because he promised to run a campaign based strictly on issues critical to Nigerians, and Mr Wike might derail that approach with his combative nature.