- Delta APC has reacted to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa's emergence as Atiku Abubakar's running mate for the 2023 election
- In a recent move, the state chapter of the ruling APC called on southern leaders not to give their vote to Okowa come 2023
- According to a party chieftain, if the presidency is not zoned to the south, then the leaders should not welcome the vice presidential slot of any candidate
A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta state, Prof. LeRoy Edozien, has called on south and middle belt leaders forum to work against Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and any other politician who accepted to be running mate to any presidential candidate.
Edozien, who is a brother to the Asagba of Asaba and title holder of Ubili Ka Nkwu Ahaba, made the call on Sunday, June 19, in Asaba, The Punch reports.
Prominent Delta leader, Edozien, asks Edwin Clark-led forum to work against Okowa for accepting PDP’s VP slot
According to him, the presidency should be rotated to the South come 2023, in the interests of equity and fairness.
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“I am calling on the South and Middle Belt Leaders Forum to keep its word about working against any politician who allows himself to be nominated as running mate to any presidential candidate.
“If the Presidency is not zoned to the South, work against any person that accepted to be running mate.”
Okowa betrayed the southeast region, Prof Edozien claims
Prof. Edozien said it was regrettable that the Delta state governor broke ranks, betrayed the Southern bloc, and lobbied for the vice-presidential slot while his Southern colleagues were pushing for the presidency.
The APC chieftain asserted:
“Such pursuit of self-interest at the cost of broader state and regional progress has been a hallmark of Senator Okowa’s governance of Delta state."
The APC chieftain calls on Chief Edwin Clark
He warned that the SMBLF risks compromising its own integrity should it fail to carry out its threat to work against any politician that becomes a running mate in a party that has not zoned the presidency to the south, charging the Chief Edwin Clark-led Forum to put their words into action.
Handpicked candidate cannot represent future of hope, Atiku highlights the errors in APC Convention
PDP's presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, has criticised the APC over Senate President Ahmed Lawan's emergence as the consensus candidate.
Atiku says Lawan's candidature is undemocratic and such a candidate cannot represent the future of hope Nigerians are looking for.
The former vice president and PDP flagbearer also condemned the ruling party for conducting its convention on working days, noting that 2023 will be a referendum to score the APC.
APC Group sends strong message to Okowa over approval of new N25bn loan to plant palm trees
APC gubernatorial campaign organisation has warned the governor of the Delta state, Ifeanyi Okowa, against using the state resources to fund Atiku's campaign.
Okowa, who was just announced as the Atiku's vice presidential candidate, got approval to get N25bn loan to plant palm trees in the state.
The APC group alleged that the state house of assembly approved the loan barely 49 days after it approved a loan of N150 billion for the governor.