The Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has explained why he decided to pick Delta State Governor, Ifeayin Okowa as his running mate for the 2023 election instead of Governor Nyesom Wike.
He said his decision was base on his desire to unite the Country.
He said this on the TV show on Friday morning.Atiku made it clear that it is the responsibility of the candidate to pick his running mate,one that he believes he can work with and also deliver the policies of the party while uniting the country.
He further stated that his decision to pick Governor Okowa doesn’t mean rejection of Wike.
“If you can go through history. I was given a ticket in 2007, I picked an Igbo. I was given a ticket in 2019, I picked an Igbo. In 2022, I was given it and I picked an Igbo man again. This is just to show you my desire to unify the country.”
He added that “Governor Wike is a brilliant politician. He is courageous; he is tenacious. I believe he has a future in the political evolution of this country.”
He said the committee set up by the party at his instance nominated three names and requested him to exercise his prerogative of choice and he went for an Igbo man in the person of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
“So it is not a question of rejection. Certainly not. I think it is too harsh a word to say that we rejected the governor. We can certainly not say that,’’ the PDP presidential candidate stated.
Atiku explained how the committee set up by the party nominated three names and requested he pick one.
He said he went for an Igbo man ,in person of Governor Okowa