By Ifeanyi Olannye, Agbor.
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has expressed gratitude to the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for choosing him as the party’s vice-presidential candidate.
Okowa conveyed the gratitude while addressing PDP supporters at the party’s campaign rally on Friday in Ika South and Ika North East Local Government Areas of the state.
He said that the ticket was a demonstration of the confidence the party and Atiku had in his capabilities, describing it as a great responsibility.
The governor thanked the people of the state for their support over the years, urging them to vote massively for all the party’s candidates in the forthcoming general elections as they had always done.
Okowa noted that ever since the days of old Bendel State until now, nobody from Delta State has emerged Vice-President.
“So, we are thankful and asking for your support because I know that you will back me and my party to achieve the task of recovering Nigeria.
“By the special grace of God, you have always supported me throughout my political career and I have seen Ika people come out in great numbers in the past, but I have never seen this kind of crowd in our campaigns here.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank the leadership of PDP and our presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for finding me worthy to be the vice-presidential candidate of our great party.
“I have challenged our people in Delta that as a state, we must cross the one million votes mark and as people of Ika nation, I challenge you to deliver minimum of 180,000 votes for the party.
“I urge you all to justify my selection by ensuring that all our votes in Ika nation will go to PDP, and God will bless you as you continue to work hard for us to deliver in all the elections,” he said.
On the governorship election in the state, Okowa, said that the choice of Sheriff Oborevwori as PDP candidate was divine, urging the people of Ika and the entire state to support him.
On his part, Oborevwori, commended the people of Ika for their massive support, and assured them that his administration’s “MORE Agenda” would develop all parts of the state equitably.
Also, the State PDP Chairman, Chief Kingsley Esiso, said that Ika people were fortunate to have produced a governor and now vice-presidential candidate of the party.
He urged them to vote 100-per-cent for the PDP to justify the party’s choice of Okowa as Atiku Abubakar’s running mate.
The Director-General, PDP State’s Campaign Council, Chief Funkekeme Solomon, said that PDP built the country from 1999 to 2015.
He assured the people that PDP would restore the glory of the country and reset it for greater heights.