The former Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Seriake Dickson, has congratulated Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on his emergence as the running mate to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential flagbearer, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Dickson, who represents Bayelsa West in the Senate, said,
”I congratulate my brother and colleague His Excellency, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa on his well deserved nomination as the vice presidential candidate and running mate to the presidential candidate of our great party, His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
”Okowa has been a colleague and a brother who infact took over from me as chairman of the South-South governor’s forum which office he currently occupies.
”I know him as someone who possesses the qualities that can assist our candidate and our party not only in campaigning and winning the election , but also in running an effective government for our country.
”As I have always said, all political ambitions and aspirations are legitimate, but must follow due process.
”Both His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his Excellency, Senator Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa and our party can be assured of my support as usual.”
Dickson, however noted that the office of the vice-presidential candidate is not to be contested or vied for, adding that it is the prerogative of the flag bearer and it should be respected.
According to him, we should all therefore rally round our party and our flag bearers to confront the issues ahead which requires the support of all.
In the same vein, the immediate past National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbodiyan, said, “PDP is open, democratic and trustworthy in her dealings with Nigerians.
”The party came forth and declared its Vice Presidential candidate.
“On the other hand, APC is busy plotting against Nigerians, hiding its Vice Presidential candidate under a code name ‘place holder.’
“Nigerians cannot afford trusting a political party that is always pranky, manipulative and inhumane.”