Ifeanyi Okowa, vice-presidential candidate for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), asserts that in the general elections in 2023, only the PDP would compete with the APC.
The Delta State governor made this statement on Thursday while addressing a group of party supporters who had invited him to a lavish celebration in Asaba after being chosen as Atiku Abubakar’s running mate.
The governor congratulated Mr. Abubakar and Iyiorcha Ayu, the party’s national leader, for nominating and endorsing his candidacy.
The Atiku/Okowa ticket, according to Mr. Okowa, stands for success, hope, and is the only one that can unseat the APC-led government in 2023.
He added that the process of reconstructing the nation and giving hope to the youth, women, and indeed all Nigerians has started and urged the people to pray, be strong, and be hopeful.
Mr. Okowa exhorted youths to remain dedicated to working with PDP for the eventual beneficial change rather than allowing themselves to be carried away by the enthusiasm of the moment.
He said that, with the help of young people, he had constructed Delta State over the course of the previous seven years and promised that, should the party win, the same thing would be done on a national scale.
In order to put an end to the ongoing strikes at federal universities and other institutions, the governor declared that the PDP-led administration would take on insecurity, improve the economy, generate jobs, and prioritize education.
“Atiku has been talking on the need to restructure the country and the need to engage the private sector to provide opportunities for the youth and women.
“We wants to assure the private sector that a new hope is coming and we shall tackle the issues of insecurity by providing jobs for the youth.
“We cannot do this alone but with the support of the women and youths; we shall bring back Nigeria among respected nations in the world.
“So, I urge all of you to go out there to register and collect your Permanent Voters’ Cards and by the grace of God we will win in 2023,” Okowa said.
The Ohaneze Indigbo Youths, the House Deputy Minority Leader, Ndudi Elemelu, and the Women Wings, led by Okonna Nwike and Rita Daniels, among other organizations, all supported the Atiku/Okowa ticket.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Gov. Okowa was escorted home by Iyorchia Ayu, the PDP national chairman, and other members of the working committee.
Also, the state Deputy Governor, Kingsley Otuaro, the state party Chairman, Kingsley Esiso, traditional rulers, clergymen, party faithful and gospel singers, were on ground to receive Mr Okowa in a worship and praise to God for the governor.