The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 elections, Atiku Abubakar, has announced Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as his running mate.
He made the announcement at a meeting attended by PDP executive members at the party’s headquarters in Abuja.
PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, said a 17-member committee had been set up by the party to pick a running-mate for the presidential candidate.
He said the committee had submitted three names to Atiku to make a personal choice from.
Speaking at the unveiling of Okowa to the public, Atiku said making a choice between the three names had been a difficult decision.
He also disclosed that looked out for someone who understands the enormity of the challenges facing the country and one who has demonstrated, from experience, that he can proffer some solutions.
He said he considered one who has the qualities of a president, who can stand in for him when he’s not around.
According to him, while all the three names submitted were qualified, he had to settle for just one – Okowa.
Okowa had arrived the PDP headquarters earlier amid a celebratory welcome, with some party members heralding him into the headquarters with the words of ‘congratulations’.