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2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by Islie: 6:48am On Jun 17, 2022
The choice of Mr Okowa as the vice-presidential candidate throws up various implications which may make or mar Atiku Abubakar's presidential quest depending on how the ensuing contours are managed or navigated.

By Nosike Ogbuenyi


The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, Thursday afternoon, announced Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as his running mate for the 2023 election, thus bringing a climax to the suspense and speculations that had attended the choice for weeks.

Mr Abubakar, a former vice president of Nigeria between 1999 and 2007, made the
announcement during a meeting attended by PDP executives and top stakeholders, including the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, at the Wadata House, Wuse headquarters of the party in Abuja.

Implications of Okowa’s choice

The choice of Mr Okowa as the vice-presidential candidate throws up various implications, which may make or mar Mr Abubakar’s presidential quest, depending on how the ensuing contours are managed or navigated.

First, many analysts and PDP stakeholders see the choice as wise, considering Mr Okowa’s calm mien and political savvy nature which are a polar opposite of the abrasive and combative approach of his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, who was Mr Okowa’s main rival for the number two slot.

In Delta State, Mr Okowa’s choice and possible emergence as the nation’s vice president, if the PDP wins the coming presidential election, is bound to alter the political power equation in the state.

Since his election as governor in 1999, the Oghara, Delta Central-born James Ibori, has been calling the shots, determining who gets what as far as the governorship seat in the state was concerned.

In fact, Mr Okowa was seen by many as a product of the Ibori political dynasty in the state. He was first appointed commissioner by Mr Ibori in 1999 and later became Secretary to the State Government under Mr Ibori’s successor, Emmanuel Uduiaghan, before his election to the Senate to represent Delta North district in 2011.

In the build-up to the governorship primary of the PDP in Delta State last month, Mr Okowa clashed with his erstwhile godfather, Mr Ibori, over the choice of the party’s flagbearer. While Mr Ibori was rooting for his trusted former Commissioner of Finance, David Edevbie, Mr Okowa backed the incumbent Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Sherriff Oborevwori. Both aspirants are Urhobo from Mr Ibori’s Delta Central Senatorial District.

In the end, Mr Ibori’s candidate, Mr Edevbie, was floored by Mr Sherriff to the dissatisfaction of Mr Ibori. Sources close to the PDP in the state alleged that Mr Ibori had vowed to extract a pound of flesh from Mr Okowa for jettisoning his anointed candidate, Mr Edevbie.

Whether that is true or not, the reality is that the political scale in Delta State has profoundly tilted with the emergence of Mr Okowa as the vice-presidential candidate of PDP. By that turn of events, he has become the undisputed leader of PDP in the state, ahead of Mr Ibori, his erstwhile godfather.

Okowa: Bridge between South-South and South East?

Mr Okowa’s emergence as Mr Abubakar’s running mate also means that one of the most formidable strongholds of PDP, the South-east geo-political zone, has become potentially sidelined as far as the party is concerned. The zone, which has consistently voted PDP overwhelmingly since 1999, now stands the risk of being excluded from the top echelons of leadership if the PDP wins the coming presidential election.

The South-east had hitherto pushed for the zoning of the party’s presidential ticket to the South and possibly micro-zoned further to it. However, such appeals and pressure failed as the party threw its presidential ticket open with Mr Abubakar clinching it at the convention of the party held on May 29. The unveiling of Mr Okowa as the running mate might therefore be counted by some as the second successive loss for the South-east in PDP.

Nonetheless, if there is only a thin line between the clamour for Igbo inclusion and that of the South-east, then Mr Okowa’s choice may assuage Nigeria’s third-largest ethnic group.

To many Nigerians, including some Igbos in the South-east and elsewhere, the Delta State Governor is an Igbo man, at least linguistically. Mr Okowa may thus serve as a bridge between the South-south and the South-east zones in the coming election.

Unlike Mr Wike who had consistently denied his Igbo link, Mr Okowa has consistently refrained from such comments while at the same time maintaining an affinity with the diverse groups that make up Delta State and the complex South-south, thus making himself relatively more acceptable across the two zones.

In the aftermath of the social disturbance in Obigbo, a border community in Rivers State, Mr Wike in a viral video vehemently denied being an Igbo man.

Also, when he met PDP delegates in Anambra State early this year, he bluntly told the people that any vote they cast for their former governor, Peter Obi, (who was then a presidential aspirant under the PDP) would be tantamount to a waste of efforts.

He was alleged to have taken further swipes at Mr Obi and harangued him to the extent that the latter decided to quit the PDP and pitch his tent with the Labour Party. Mr Obi is today the presidential candidate of his new party and is touted in some quarters as a potential third force in the 2023 presidential bout.

Mr Okowa carries none of such baggage as Mr Wike who once publicly declared Rivers a Christian State. The Delta governor is a nimble politician who speaks softly and carefully chooses his words. But beneath his quiet demeanour, he is said to be a steely and dogged operator who does more work underground than on the surface.

Mr Okowa has a tough task of galvanising PDP in the three southern zones: South-south, South-east and South-west. He has the advantage of being relatively acceptable in the region as a politician that is not used to stepping on powerful toes openly.

Okowa’s road to the top
A cursory review of Mr Okowa’s profile reveals a man who did not stumble on power by accident but intricately sketched his way to the top. Born July 1959 at Owa-Alero, Ika Northeast Local Government Area in Delta North Senatorial District, Mr Okowa attended Edo College, Benin City (1970–1976), before proceeding to the premier university in Nigeria, the University of Ibadan, where he studied Medicine and Surgery.

Upon completion of his national service (NYSC), he worked with the defunct Bendel State Hospitals Management Board (HMB) as a Medical Officer. In 1986, he resigned from the services of the Board and began private
practice as the Medical Director, Victory Medical Centre, Igbanke, Edo State.

He began his political career when he served as the Chairman of Ika North-East Local Government Area between 1991 and1993.

As the Delta North Senatorial district coordinator of the defunct Grassroots Democratic Movement (GDM), he worked closely with the likes of Borno-born Gambo Lawan (National Chairman), Festus Okubor (National Publicity Secretary) and Mr Ibori, another member of the GDM.

Mr Okowa was a founding member of the PDP in 1998 and played a pivotal role in the victory of Mr Ibori in the governorship election of 1999. He was first appointed as the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources from July 1999 to April 2001 before he was redeployed to the Water Resources Ministry between April 2001 and May 2003.

In September 2003, he was appointed the Commissioner for Health and held the portfolio till October 2006 when he resigned to seek nomination as the PDP governorship candidate. He lost the primary contest to Mr Ibori’s anointed candidate and nephew, Mr Uduaghan.

In June 2007, the newly inaugurated Mr Uduaghan appointed Mr Okowa as
Secretary to the Delta State Government. He resigned the position to vie for the position of the senator representing Delta North Senatorial candidate in 2011. In the election, he defeated the incumbent senator, late Patrick Osakwe, and others to clinch the seat.

Okowa as Delta Governor

As a senator, Mr Okowa was the surprise winner of the PDP governorship primary in December 2014. In an intriguing and pulsating contest for the ticket ahead of the 2015 gubernatorial contest, Mr Okowa achieved victory through some deft moves that perplexed his opponents and many stakeholders in the state.

For instance, he was able to forge an alliance with the acclaimed Ijaw ethnic leader, Edwin Clark, Government Tompolo and some Delta Central leaders like former Information Minister Sam Oyovbaire.

Mr Okowa went ahead to win the April 11, 2015 governorship election. With that victory, he made history as the first person to be elected governor of the multi-ethnic state from the Igbo-speaking Delta North Senatorial district. In victory, he remained humble and unassuming while describing the outcome as an act ordained by Almighty God.

As governor of Delta, Mr Okowa has been able to blend the multi-ethnic state as one organic body. From Burutu to Okpanam, Sapele to Aboh and Jesse to Emevor, he is at home with the reality of the people and the affairs on the ground. That explains why he was able to garner crosscutting support in the complex state during his first election as governor in 2015 and reelection in 2019.

The concordance of his sweeping victory in 2015, at a time the influential ex-governor and acclaimed godfather of PDP in the state, Mr Ibori, was in jail in the United Kingdom, speaks volumes about Mr Okowa’s sagacity.

In the absence of Mr Ibori, the outgoing administration of Governor
Uduaghan propped up and massively supported David Edevbie who Mr Okowa beat in 2015.

In the coming election of 2023, Mr Okowa has his task cut out for him as the running mate of the PDP’s presidential flagbearer, Mr Abubakar. He brings to the table vast experience that cuts across different aspects of leadership and governance. With a sound educational background, he started from the grassroots as a public servant, entrepreneur and local councilman. His experience as a grassroots mobiliser will be an added advantage for Mr Abubakar and the PDP.

Furthermore, his experience as a party administrator, state commissioner (across many ministries) and secretary to the state government will count. He served a tenure in the Senate before assuming office as governor of Delta State in May 2015, thereby affording him some insight into the working of governance at the centre.

Some analysts perceive Mr Okowa as not strong enough for a potentially
domineering Mr Abubakar if they win the presidency. Despite former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s tough demeanour, he found it exerting to contain Atiku Abubakar’s alleged overarching influence as the vice president. For instance, the manner Mr Abubakar supervised the sale of some signature national assets such as NITEL left many tongues wagging at the time.

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/537432-analysis-2023-implications-of-atikus-selection-of-okowa-as-running-mate.html

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Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by drmuchin: 7:52am On Jun 17, 2022
TIME SHALL TELL

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Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by HIGHESTPOPORI(m): 8:05am On Jun 17, 2022
Atiku made the right choice with Ifeanyi Okowa.Those complaining now would have still find something to say if Atiku chose Wike

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Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by SamuelAnyawu(m): 8:14am On Jun 17, 2022
I remain loyal to my Party.

Atiku/Okowa we go

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Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by garfield1: 8:37am On Jun 17, 2022
SamuelAnyawu:
I remain loyal to my Party.

Atiku/Okowa we go

Vote tinubu

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Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by buckeyemedia: 9:03am On Jun 17, 2022
garfield1:


Vote tinubu
Delta State will not vote for a Yoruba man like Tinubu, we have our pride.

The big heart State forever number 1.

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Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by garfield1: 9:10am On Jun 17, 2022
buckeyemedia:
Delta State will not vote for a Yoruba man like Tinubu, we have our pride.

The big heart State forever number 1.

They won't vote a fulani either

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Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by Rashkeed101: 1:33pm On Jun 17, 2022
Okay
Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by Killerbag36: 1:33pm On Jun 17, 2022
Okowa it's very wicked been in government for 8 years refused to give employment to the youth in delta state all he does was to sit in govt house nd write name of children of his clans men nd giving them employment secretly imagine ooo na governor be e think say we no de see na so so agbor people e de employ nd give promotion since for 8 years in civil servant ministry no worry come win mk we see.

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Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by money121(m): 1:34pm On Jun 17, 2022
Ok
Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by Femiwilli: 1:34pm On Jun 17, 2022
After having a Nigerien as president, we don't need a Cameroonian as president

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Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by merits(m): 1:34pm On Jun 17, 2022
Islie:


The choice of Mr Okowa as the vice-presidential candidate throws up various implications which may make or mar Atiku Abubakar's presidential quest depending on how the ensuing contours are managed or navigated.



https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/537432-analysis-2023-implications-of-atikus-selection-of-okowa-as-running-mate.html

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Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by NaughtyBrainiac: 1:34pm On Jun 17, 2022
The end is all that matters to me. One thing is certain, Peter Obi cannot win a National Election ( He can win a Regional Election tho) but will spoil things for Atiku in the Southeast and SouthSouth.

Peter Obi Supporters, Tinubu supporters are saying more power to your elbow. May God continue to strengthen you as you support Peter Obi.

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Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by OgunleyeA1: 1:34pm On Jun 17, 2022
We buy Human toes for $40,000. is this REAL?






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Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by Nobody: 1:35pm On Jun 17, 2022
Okowa is not going to add anything to Atikus chances.
Peter is the name on the lips of every sensible Nigerian.
If Tinubu choses a northern Muslim then it's game over.
Obi will Cruze to victory!

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Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by Nobody: 1:35pm On Jun 17, 2022
Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by cixoreb: 1:35pm On Jun 17, 2022
Akitulate

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Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by maestroferddi: 1:35pm On Jun 17, 2022
Better that Atiku kept the South East out of his gamble.

PDP will feel the fury this time around.

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Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by Mafxeless: 1:36pm On Jun 17, 2022
Ibrahim Alhassan wrote:

Peter Obi is a good man, one of the best presidential materials. But the hard truth is, no South Easterner can win a presidential election in Nigeria without the support of Northern Nigeria. This is not a curse, it is a statistical fact. If the majority of the good Igbos out there and Peter Obi's campaign team wants him to win the election, lets them do the following, it is not going to be a rocket science: ��

1. Translate All Peter Obi's speeches into the north's two major indigenous languages; Hausa and Fulfulde .

2. Buy Radio airtime in major Radio stations in the North where Peter's translated speeches, interviews and his campaign menifestos will be played on a daily or weekly basis.

3. BBC Hausa and VOA Hausa are very vital. Get in touch with them to be granting regular interviews with powerful influential northerners to be appointed as Peter Obi's campaign Directors in the north. Engage other International radio stations such as Radio Deutch Welle (DW) and Radio Beijing with considerable number of Hausa and Fulfulde listenership.

4. Identify and engage popular Northern Nigeria Social Media influencers and bloggers like Northern Hibiscus, Hausa-Fulani, Kano Online, etc.

5. Create physical presence through liason offices in key Northern cities. These offices should be functional and be effectively engaging grassroot political formations from wards, to LGAs and states levels to propagate the message of a new Nigeria through Peter Obi.

6. A powerful Northern Nigerian Vice President should be selected from Kano, Kaduna or Katsina - the super 3 Ks in terms of number of eligible voters.

7. Create a Shadow Cabinet with Shadow Ministers..
A Shadow cabinet doesn't have executive power since they are only executive members of government in waiting. Distribute key Shadow Ministries to the 3 Ks. This will create a deep effect in the political conversation in the North. The Shadow Ministers will operate just like normal Ministers, they should be given official cars and their job will include to criticize the original Ministers in the current administration - offering a better alternative to the unsolved problems of the current cabinet. Shadow cabinets are powerful opposition tools. This alone could place Labour Party as the main opposition party displacing PDP which is almost on its way to the grave.

8. The North is Nigeria's most politically conscious region. We don't vote money, we vote interest. Protect Northern interest in Nigeria while ensuring a balance in the South.

9. Supporters of Peter Obi MUST TRY as much as possible to avoid getting into Social Media wars and confrontations with Northern Nigerians. Stop the subs.... Northerners are your partner in constructing the new Nigeria. I've always maintained that the North is not in enmity with the South. Some evil politicians created a fake division. Peter Obi must expose that division and seek to be a unifier. Supporters of Peter Obi must have at least 10 or more influential Northerners who are partners in the rescue Nigeria project.

10. Avoid religious misunderstandings. Respect each other's religious opinions. Religion should never be part of politics. It was some evil politicians that brings in religion into Nigeria politics for their personal selfish interests.

11. Protect northerners and their businesses in the south and vice versa. Extend friendly hands to make the south, especially SE a safe haven for northerners.

As a Northerner who believed in justice, equity and fairness, and who is well informed about the good intentions of Mr Peter Obi, I'm convinced that when given the opportunity and with the right and selfless people in his government, we will see the birth of the new Nigeria we are all dreaming of. Let's give South East this opportunity, I will volunteer to be part of Peter Obi's team in the north.

Peter Obi is smart, focused and one of the best presidential candidates. But would his campaign team and kinsmen agrees to and implement the above quick wins campaign strategies I outlined? Let's gets this message across many platforms until Peter Obi and his campaign team come across it!!!!.






Islie:


The choice of Mr Okowa as the vice-presidential candidate throws up various implications which may make or mar Atiku Abubakar's presidential quest depending on how the ensuing contours are managed or navigated.



https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/537432-analysis-2023-implications-of-atikus-selection-of-okowa-as-running-mate.html

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Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by Killerbag36: 1:36pm On Jun 17, 2022
Pdp just lost
Lol rip in advance to pdp

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Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by Sholaco: 1:36pm On Jun 17, 2022
No any implication..okowa is a Nigerian and qualified to be president talk more of vp. So what's the stress all about
Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by bigdammyj: 1:36pm On Jun 17, 2022
Okay
Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by chukwuibuipob: 1:36pm On Jun 17, 2022
cool grin interesting grin. Same Okowa that declared WAR on Ipob ESN pigs grin cheesy
Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by Honor10: 1:36pm On Jun 17, 2022
Atiku has killed himself with Okowa choice, Okowa is a docile criminal, he won't add any votes to Atiku.

Peter obi will take SE block votes away.
Wike will work against Atiku in Rivers with the highest voters in SS.

All these things favors Tinubu.

PDP stronghold has been divided, APC strongholds is still intact

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Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by CHANNELStv2020: 1:36pm On Jun 17, 2022
It's only anioma that has openly said they are igbos which we take them as one, Agbor and ikweere people have said repeatedly they are not igbos,so when it benefits them they are igbos,when not they are not.they are from Benin,they are ika,you are not igbo as u said,you are from Benin.

Although ifeanyi is better than wike (the obigbo killer) okowa have a neutral relationship with the IGBOS,so it's an advantage for him.

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Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by Alvelt14(m): 1:37pm On Jun 17, 2022
shocked

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Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by KINGTELLER: 1:37pm On Jun 17, 2022
okay
Re: 2023: Implications Of Atiku’s Selection Of Okowa As Running Mate by sarajen: 1:37pm On Jun 17, 2022
God save Nigeria!

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