The camp of the Delta State Governor and vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa has reacted to the alleged 2027 presidency promise to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
There had been claims that the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar during a meeting with Wike on Thursday promised to support his presidential ambition in 2027.
Governor Okowa’s camp in their reaction to the report described the promise to support Wike’s presidency as unrealistic.
A PDP House of Representatives member from Delta State who spoke with Leadership on the development said Governor Okowa is not moved by the report.
He said that Atiku also made the same promise to Okowa when he unveiled him as his running mate at the PDP national headquarters in Abuja.
The lawmaker further stated that Atiku had said Okowa will be suitable for president after him.
He said Atiku consider some criteria like Okowa’s rich experience and political trajectory which positioned him well to become president after his (Atiku’s) tenure.
The legislator said if Atiku wins in 2023, not only will Atiku know the qualities of Okowa but the entire country will know it too.
He said, “He already has the qualities from the local government level to the state, National Assembly and now going to the federal level. So, who else can compete with him after Atiku?”
The lawmaker added that Atiku, in choosing Okowa, held wide consultations with various stakeholders within the party, including governors, members of the National Working Committee, Board of Trustees and other leaders to seek their input and their wisdom, but not in the case of Wike in this new promise.
He said the Delta State Governor will never be part of the negotiation, not because of presidential ambition, but because he would not want to be mentioned as a betrayer again.
He added that Okowa would even prefer to play along in order not to scuttle the olive branch being extended to Wike.
The lawmaker said, “While I can read the body language of my leader, he cannot be distracted about such a thing. He is a perfect politician that knows the game. You don’t give what you don’t have. Can only one person make someone a president in a country like Nigeria? We know Wike in and out. Wike wouldn’t take such promise serious considering that he has already drawn a battle line.”
This article was originally published on Naija News