- The impact of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration in all sectors of Delta state worked for him in national politics
- Not many were surprised when Atiku Abubakar named the Delta state governor as his running mate ahead of 2023
- Apart from being a consistent performer, Okowa plays non-toxic politics, unifies the south, and has the experience required for Nigeria's number two position
Atiku's choice of Governor Okowa triggered various reactions among Nigerians, especially on social media.
In this piece, Legit.ng lists six reasons why Okowa is the right choice for the PDP ahead of 2023.
1. An experienced politician
Governor Okowa is the most experienced politician among his southern colleagues in the PDP. The governor started off as the secretary of his local government and then chairman between 1991–1993. Since then he has held various offices as commissioner, secretary to the Delta state government, senator, and later governor.
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2. No godfather
Although Governor Okowa used to be a student of the James Onanefe Ibori school of politics in Delta state, he has graduated and fully come of age in politicking. The governor is a man of his own and it is not expected that he will be teleguided by any strong man if he emerges as the next vice president of the country.
3. A consistent performer
As governor, Okowa has met the expectations of most Deltans. His projects are scattered all over the state and he has retained the goodwill of the people. The most significant achievement of the Okowa administration in Delta is its efforts to diversify the state’s economy beyond oil and also guarantee a more prosperous state.
4. Fit to lead national economic council
Constitutionally, Nigeria's national economic council is chaired by the vice president. With Okowa as the country's number two citizen, the economy will be in safe hands as the Delta governor has done in his state. Since his emergence as governor, the Okowa administration has established 12,000 entrepreneurs, created 100,000 direct jobs, and catalyzed over 1,000,000 indirect jobs.
5. Unifier for south-south and southeast
As an Igbo man from the oil-rich south-south region, Okowa ticks the box as an acceptable candidate for both regions. The way the Delta governor pulled millions of crowds across the southern states to welcome him back to his home state recently, shows he is really on ground. With Okowa on the ticket, the PDP has succeeded to choose a rallying figure for both regions.
6. A medical doctor in State House
Okowa's primary constituency is the health sector as a medical doctor. At a time Nigeria's health needs are enormous, it will be refreshing to have a man with medical background in the State House. His achievements in the health sector speak for him. Okowa has built numerous hospitals, launched an ambulance service, and secured insurance for health workers among others.
Atiku has answers to Nigeria's challenges, says Okowa
Earlier, Governor Okowa said Atiku has solutions to the numerous challenges bedevilling Nigeria.
The Delta state governor made the comment on Thursday, June 16 in his acceptance speech after his nomination as the vice-presidential candidate of the PDP.
He said that the solutions to Nigeria's problems as a nation lay in Atiku’s book "My Covenant With Nigeria" and urged party members and all Nigerians to join hands with the PDP to rescue the nation from maladministration.
2023: How Okowa emerged as Atiku's running mate
Legit.ng had reported that Okowa emerged as the running mate to Atiku after he was screened.
Thereafter, Atiku personally announced Okowa as his running mate on Thursday, June 16, in the party's national secretariat in Abuja.
The announcement triggered various reactions on social media.