Okowa: Southern leaders failed to agree on zone to produce president
Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta state and vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party has disclosed that the All Progressives Congress and its presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, are not smart by picking a placeholder as running mate ahead of the deadline of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
This was made known on Thursday by Okowa while featuring on Politics Today, a current affairs programme on Channels Television.
According to Okowa, Tinubu’s decision to pick a political associate from Katsina State, Kaburi Masari, as an interim running mate only showed that the APC is not organised as a party.
Okowa also stated that the though the South-East is making a legitimate demand for presidency, he is an Igbo man from the Delta in the South-South.
He said the North-East equally had the right to agitate for the presidential seat as both zones had yet to produce a president of the country.
He, however, noted that they have to gain power through a democratic process, urging them to keep pushing for it.
“When we were talking about the issues of presidency, if the PANDEF – it is not just about PANDEF, or South-West’s Afenifere, or the Middle Belt or the Ohanaeze (in the South-East) alone; in their collective voice, if they had insisted that ‘the presidency, we want it this time and it must be from the South-East’…a good request. But the real truth is they were just asking for a southern presidency without trying to situate it where ordinarily it should be,” he stated.