Atiku Picks Delta Gov, Okowa As Presidential Running Mate
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has chosen Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as his running mate ahead of the 2023 presidential election, Vondigest reports.
Okowa, who has been Delta governor since 2015, was chosen from the ranks of serving governors and credentialed politicians in the South-East and South-South regions.
Okowa was made the ultimate nominee after a fierce contest with Governor Nyesom Wike of Delta. The choice was believed to be in the best interest of the party as it seeks a return to power next year.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered that Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, was as of Thursday morning the final choice of Atiku.
“Barring any last-minute change of plans, Mr Okowa would be the nominee to be unveiled this morning,” a reliable campaign insider familiar with the matter told PREMIUM TIMES. “But as you know even a minute is a long time in politics.”
Mr Okowa supported Atiku in the primary where Mr Wike was his closest challenger.
After his public presentation on Thursday morning, Mr Okowa will appear before a screening committee of the party.
Political parties have until Friday (tomorrow) to submit lists of their candidates for the 2023 elections to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).