26th November, 2022
By Chimezie Anaso
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said though the demand that Nigeria’s next President should come from the Southeast is justifiable, the reality on ground in terms of national spread and acceptability favoured its own Atiku Abubakar and Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa presidential ticket.
Atiku is from Adamawa in the Northeast while Okowa is from Delta State in South south Nigeria.
The PDP said this While calling on the electorate in the South East geopolitical zone to support the Atiku/Okowa ticket it put together for the 2023 election in a statement Chukwubuikem Uloka, the Deputy Director, Media and Publicity of its Presidential Campaign Management Committee.
In the statement issued in Awka, the PDP said it is comprehensible that the Southeast is demanding a president from the region in 2023 and that such demand is morally right and timely.
He added that Atiku/Ifeanyi Okowa ticket was the best bargain for the South East in the February 2023 election as it had bright chances over other candidates.
He said the PDP had the best manifesto among all the political parties as it guaranteed egalitarianism, restructuring, better economic policies and national cohesion.
“It is important that we remind ourselves that what is important to the Southeast having our region reconnected to the national political and economic grid is through genuine reconciliation, forging strategic alliances with other regions.
” The Atiku/Okowa presidential campaign management committee, led by Professor Obiora Okonkwo, is optimistic that the victory of the PDP ticket is the shortest route for an Igbo presidency,” he stated.
Uloka said PDP faithful in the Southeast should put events around the party primaries behind them and galvanise support for Atiku/Okowa, to ensure a resounding victory in the election.
He said the Southeast could not afford to be in political isolation as an opposition for another eight years and called on the electorate to give their collective support to the PDP presidential candidate.
According to him, among the benefits of the Atiku/Okowa ticket is the assurance that if elected, Nigeria will be restructured to entrench true federalism which replicates the development associated with Igbo people.
“We want to make an appeal to voters of other Southeast states to make this crucial sacrifice, we are confident that it will serve the interests of our people and region and that our support will be appreciated after 2023,” he said.(NAN)