The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Iyorcha Ayu, has revealed the reasons why the party’s presidential candidate for the 2023 elections, Atiku Abubakar, picked the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, over his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, as running mate.
Ayu offered the explanation on Tuesday during the Northern Christian Youth Assembly Summit in Abuja.
He said Abubakar picked Okowa above Wike because of humility and better performance in government.
He said: “We looked around and we thought we have to give not just a vice president that will assist him (Atiku), but we did our homework to select a man who is highly educated, very humble, and who has done very well as a governor in his home state.
“Okowa is the most qualified running mate.
“It is on his own personal merit that he was selected by the party as the vice presidential candidate to Atiku Abubakar.
“I think Nigeria will be very lucky to have two such people who are committed to development, who are detribalised, who believe in uniting this country.”