The Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has condemned the emergence of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as the running mate of the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
Naija News had earlier reported that Atiku announced Okowa as his running mate at the National Secretariat of the opposition party in Abuja on Thursday.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Atiku revealed that he chose Okowa because he has the qualities to be the President and has an appreciation of the deep rot in which the country has been put into.
Atiku added that he chose Okowa because he is dedicated, trustworthy, and reliable and would support him wholeheartedly to steer the country to greater heights.
In a statement released by the group’s Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Ohanaeze claimed that the PDP and Atiku would lose the 2023 general elections for choosing Okowa as his running mate.
The group stated that Okowa’s choice will decline PDP’s fortunes in Delta and Southern Nigeria, adding that his emergence has ruined the opposition party’s chances in 2023.
Ohanaeze alleged that Okowa, who sabotaged the Southern Governors’ agenda will never be trusted for the votes of Ndigbo.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide has described the nomination of Delta State Governor as the PDP running mate to Atiku Abubakar as a chaotic selection for a party not ready to win the 2023 elections.
“Ifeanyi Okowa is a minus for Atiku, as his choice will decline PDP’s fortunes in Delta and Southern Nigeria, a man who misled the Southern Governors’ agenda will never be trusted for the votes of Ndigbo. Igbos will never vote Atiku and Okowa”.
“Southeast knows the political directions to go in 2023, but certainly not the PDP.”
“Ndigbo will decide the political direction to go but not the PDP, for shunning the southeast, Atiku will face the consequences of his actions,” the statement read in part.