- Reactions continue to trail Atiku Abubakar's emergence as PDP's presidential candidate for the 2019 general elections
- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has extended his goodwill message to Atiku
- Okowa also applauded other aspirants who took part in the primary, urging them to come together to support Atiku in the coming election
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has congratulated former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on his victory in the presidential primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Governor Okowa who extended his goodwill message to the former vice president in a statement issued on Sunday, October 7 by his spokesman, Charles Aniagwu in Asaba, said Atiku’s victory at the PDP presidential primary is a victory for the party and Nigerians, adding that he will defeat the ruling APC in 2019 election.
He expressed optimism that having won the party's ticket, the former vice president would leverage on his track record as an entrepreneur and great employer of labour to grow the nation's economy.
Governor Okowa further applauded other aspirants who took part in the keenly-contested primary and urged them to uphold the values and philosophy of the PDP by coming together to support Atiku in the forthcoming general election, in a bid to ensure the PDP emerge victoriously.
The governor noted that the PDP values internal democracy, describing the success of the primary election as another testament to the PDP's democratic credentials.
He also assured members of the party and Nigerians that the party would not rest until they return the country to the part of good governance, rule of law as well as security of lives and property.
“As a party, the PDP is serious about internal democracy in the party, and the success of the presidential primary, with 12 aspirants, further validates our party's democratic credentials. Let me assure our party men and Nigerians that we will continue to work hard to lead Nigeria to the next level of its development journey,” the governor said
He congratulated the national chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus and members of the National Working Committee as well as all other organs of the party on the success of the PDP national convention in Port Harcourt.
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Governor Okowa also used the opportunity to appreciate members of the 2018 National convention planning committee which he heads, for their dedication to duty which led to the success of the convention.
In the election conducted on Saturday, October 6 at the party’s convention which took place in Port Harcourt, Atiku defeated 11 other political bigwigs to emerge the PDP presidential candidate for 2019.
He is expected to provide stiff competition to President Muhammadu Buhari who is the flab-bearer of the ruling All Progressives Congress presidential candidate.
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