- Ohanaeze Ndigbo has reacted to the emergence of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as Atiku Abubakar's running mate
- The apex Igbo group in a congratulatory message described the Delta state governor as a true 'son of the soil' while noting he would enjoy all rights and privileges
- Meanwhile, Atiku Abubakar, PDP presidential candidate, had on Thursday, named Okowa as his running mate, despite the national working committee recommending Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, for the position
The apex Igbo Socio-cultural, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has congratulated the Delta state Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, on his emergence as the vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), describing him as a detribalised patriot, purveyor of morals and a poster personality.
While expressing optimism that his candidacy will add enormous electoral value to the PDP, Ohanaeze noted that in all of Okowa’s political career, he had served without skirmishes, The Punch reports.
The Igbo apex body stated this on Friday, June 17, in a statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Dr Alex Ogbonnia, titled Ohanaeze Ndigbo congratulates Okowa as a vice-presidential candidate.
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Ogbonnia said that Professor George Obiozor led Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide is proud of him.
Part of the statement reads:
“The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide heartily congratulates an Igbo prodigy; an astute administrator, sagacious politician, brilliant physician, creative visionary, prudent resource manager, detribalized patriot, purveyor of morals and a poster personality, His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State as he secures the highly coveted Vice Presidential candidacy of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
“The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worlwide led by Ambassador Professor George Obiozor is very proud of you. We are optimistic that your candidacy will add enormous electoral value to your political party, the PDP.”
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After weeks of anticipation, suspense and speculations, the die has finally been cast as the presidential candidate of the main opposition, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has finally picked his running mate heading into the 2023 presidential election.
Atiku amidst all the possible options at his disposal on Thursday, June 16 settled for the governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa as the official vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Recall that until early Thursday morning, Legit.ng reported that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state had been tipped to emerge the vice-presidential candidate of the opposition party.
Southeast PDP kick against Wike's nomination
Meanwhile, some stakeholders of the party mainly from the southeast are said to be against the endorsement of the Rivers state governor.
The source said the zone felt having contributed immensely to the development of the party since 1999, they deserve a better deal from the party in 2023.
The opponents to Wike as running mate to Atiku are said to be behind some trending videos on the social media where the Rivers governor was seen swearing never to take the vice-presidential slot.