Wike ought to have been Atiku’s running mate – Kassim Afegbua
Onesan Andrew, Warri-
Two elder statesmen, Chief Edwin Clark and Ayo Adebanjo have criticised Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for accepting to run with Atiku Abubakar in the 2023 presidential elections, describing him as “a traitor.”
These elder statesmen made the comment under the aegis of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum.
In a statement on Friday, they said it was “unspeakable and quite disappointing” that Okowa accepted the Vice Presidency nomination after it had been agreed, by Southern Governors, for the position of President to be zoned to the southern region.
Others who signed the statement include President-General, Middle Belt Forum, Pogu Bitrus and President-General, Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Ambassador (Prof.) George Obiozor.
Clark serves as the leader of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum while Adebanjo heads the Yoruba group, Afenifere.
Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, on Thursday had announced Okowa as his running mate.
In another twist, a former member of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council as well as a former commissioner in Edo State, Kassim Afegbua revealed how Governor Okowa emerged describing it as a sleight of hand.
He made this known while appearing in a breakfast TV programme, SunRise Daily.
Afegbua announced on television that it was Governor Wike who had emerged as the party’s preferred VP candidate having scored 15 to Okowa’s 3 votes from the commitee set up to present a suitable VP to Atiku. However, Afegbua stated that such was upturned by the National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, even though he had come on air to deny such.
When asked why such had occurred, Afegbua stated that such was due to the fact that the Chairman was afraid of Wike because the latter always spoke his mind.