The Choice Of Running Mate Is An Important Decision In Democracy – Atiku


…Says, Governor Okowa is a fine gentleman but tenacious

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has declared that the first most important decision that any candidate for an executive position in a democracy must make is the choice of a running mate.

Atiku specifically said that the office of the president in particular requires that the holder of that office must have clarity of the mind on decision-making.

He said that is why that in countries that have acquired more experiences in democratic acculturation, the choice that a presidential candidate makes about their running mates, and how they make the decision, provides a window of assessing their preparedness for the job that potentially waits ahead of them.

The PDP presidential flagbearer, who stated this in a statement said that in meeting up with this expectation, and more importantly to ensure that he make a pick of a running mate that Nigerians shall be proud of, it became necessary for him to be introspective about his choice.

According to him; “The Governor of Delta State, His Excellency Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa and I share a lot of personality attributes in common.

“He is a fine gentleman, but tenacious. His experience as a Senator will come in handy in some of the legislative reforms that are urgently needed to reformat our governmental processes.

“Ifeanyi and I are incurable optimists in the future of Nigeria and the promises it holds as one united, peaceful and prosperous country.

“Having him on the ticket brings a lot of asset to our campaign. In the months ahead to the general election, together with other great leaders of our party, the Peoples Democratic Party and, with your esteemed support, we shall work very hard to ensure convincing victory for our party.

“A victory for the PDP in the general election is a victory for Nigeria,” he said.

Atiku also said that; “When we win, Nigeria wins,” stressing that the stakes in the election are very high, and it gives him tremendous joy that he can count Nigerians support to win the election and get to work in earnest.

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