By our reporter| Delta state governor and vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa, has explained why he accepted to be the running mate to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the main opposition party.
The Delta state governor has faced backlash from political leaders in the south for accepting the position after championing the cause for a southern presidency as the chairman of the southern governors’ forum.
But speaking on Thursday while appearing on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme, Okowa explained that rejecting the nomination would have been a disservice.
“It would have been a disservice from my part to turn down the vice-presidential nomination because I am a party man to the core and the only decision I can make at this time is to support my party to win this election because I am very confident of the fact that the PDP has a role to play in rescuing and rebuilding this nation,” he said.
The vice-presidential candidate noted that he is a committed member of the PDP who is concerned about the party’s role in rescuing the country.
“I belong to the PDP, I have committed myself to the party and I’m a party member today. As a party man governed by the rules and policy direction of the party, and having committed to be a member of that party, it is only right that I have my obedience to the party as my obedience to the people of this country. It is only fair that a Christian from the south south serve as his vice,” he added.
Okowa, who also insisted that he is an Igbo man, stated that “the time will come when an Igbo man will become the President of Nigeria.”