The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ifeanyi Okowa, has said his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, understands the political contingencies that informed his choice as running mate to Atiku Abubakar.
Okowa stated this in answer to a question from the media shortly after the PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, announced him as his running mate in Abuja on Thursday.
Responding to how he thought Wike would feel about Atiku’s choice, Okowa said, “On the winning side, I know governor Wike is a powerful party man, he has a great love for our party, and I believe he is also a good democrat, and he understands that when several pluckers are in the race for a particular position, only one person will be at the front in time.
“I want to assure you that governor Wike is a very good man, and his interest for this country and party to rise to the challenge at the moment is strong. I do not feel he is going to be disappointed
Asked what message he had for Nigerians, he said, “I want to give God thanks and to thank the entire candidate, I thank God for what the party has done.
“We understand what Nigeria is into at the moment. There’s a huge challenge in our nation, and PDP has continually said they want to rescue this country and rebuild it and to do that, you need a man who has the right experience.
“Our presidential candidate for PDP is in the best position to be able to rescue Nigeria and build it. I am very grateful I have been asked today to join that ticket to run With him as the vice-presidential candidate.
“Obviously, he has put forth documents to Nigerians, and I will urge our press. I urge Nigerians to look at that document ‘my covenant with Nigeria’. He has been able to touch on all problems we face in Nigeria.
“He has been able to come up with a document you can trust, and that document is put for our country Nigeria, and in the next few weeks, you’ll be hearing a lot from our campaign organisation of the People Democratic Party.
“But rest assured that we are in the process of ensuring that Nigeria is returned back to its various days, and we will definitely go ahead to support that.
“I must thank the chairman of the national party for bringing great life into this party, and you could see with the way our national convention was organised that we are prepared for governance, we are prepared to run a government based on integrity.“
Meanwhile, the PDP has declared that it will begin screening candidates for Governor and Deputy Governor starting next week.
Umar Bature, the party’s National Organising Secretary, made the announcement on Thursday in Abuja.