Vice presidential candidate of opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa, says only the PDP will wrestle from the All Progressives Congress in 2023 general elections.
The Delta State governor stated this on Thursday while addressing crowd of party faithful who had hosted him to a grand reception in Asaba after emerging running mate to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar
The governor, thanked Mr Abubakar, national chairman of the party, Iyiorcha Ayu, for their nomination and support for his candidacy.
Mr Okowa stressed that the Atiku/Okowa joint ticket is for victory, hope and the only ticket that will rescue power from the APC led government come 2023.
He said that the nation needed to pray, be resilient and be hopeful, adding that the process of rebuilding the country and give hope to the youth, women and indeed to Nigerians has begun.
Mr Okowa advised youths not to be carried away by the euphoria of the time but remain committed to work with PDP for the positive change that would come.
He said that he had in the past seven years, with the support of youths, built Delta State, adding that this would be replicated in the national level should the party emerge winner.
The governor said that the PDP-led government, if returned to power, would tackle insecurity, create jobs and rebuild the economy and ensure that education remained key to end this incessant strikes in federal universities and other institutions.
“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 Deputy Minority Leader, House of Representatives, Ndudi Elemelu, the Ohaneze Indigbo Youths and that of the Women wings, led by Okonna Nwike and Rita Daniels among other groups, gave their support for the Atiku/Okowa joint ticket.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Gov. Okowa was accompanied home by the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu and members of the party’s 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.