JUST IN: Atiku picks Okowa as running mate

O. Adejo

Former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has chosen Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate in the 2023 presidential election, VIP magazine reports.

Mr Okowa, governor since 2015, was chosen from among the South-East and South-South regions’ serving governors and credentialed politicians.

After a close race with the Governor of Rivers State and party stalwart, Nyesom Wike, Mr Okowa was declared the preferred running mate. The decision was thought to be in the best interests of the party as it seeks re-election next year.

In his declaration speech, Alhaji Abubakar said he chose Mr Okowa because he promised to run a campaign focused solely on issues important to Nigerians and less on drama.

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