Okowa To Clark, Others: I Won’t Join Issues With You, I Betrayed No One

Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting

Delta State governor and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has declared that he won’t join issues with leaders of the Southern and Middle Belt Forum (SMBLF) over the allegation of betrayal being levelled against him to agreeing to be running mate to Atiku Abubakar.

Okowa, who’s been in the eye of the storm since his acceptance of the offer, said that he did not betray Southern Nigeria. 

He said that contrary to claims and remarks in certain quarters, he belonged to a political party that agreed to throw the presidential ticket open as the best way to rescue the nation.

Okowa, who spoke on Arise Television on Friday night, said he would not join issues with SMBLF “because they are leaders I hold in high esteem.

“I want to respect our leaders; I always do and I believe that they have their opinions and they are well-meaning leaders, so I am not going to join issues with them.”

He explained that the important thing was that he belonged to a political party and was part of the decisions of the party, including agreement of its leadership that the best part to rescue the nation was to throw the presidential ticket race open.

The vice-presidential candidate said “having agreed to that and also submitted myself to be a politician in the PDP, I am ruled by the polices of the party as they are.

“And, since we have all agreed that we wanted to throw the presidential candidacy open and Atiku Abubakar emerged, the onus is for us to support him.

“We are not expecting that he would be the candidate from the North and also have a vice presidential candidate from the North. That would be leading to further division.”

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