July 21, 2024


After the PDP primaries and the victory of H.E. Atiku Abubakar many persons were tipped to be his running mate. As God would have it, our own governor H.E. Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi A. Okowa was nominated for the position by persons who saw his capacity due to his antecedents as a development-oriented administrator. This is going to be the first time Delta State will be producing a vice presidential candidate from a major political party in Nigeria and if he wins, he will be the very first to occupy that position from our state.

It therefore makes full sense to support H.E. Okowa’s vice presidential ambition; I write as a Nigerian who wants the best for this nation and then, as a Deltan who understands the benefits his vice presidency would bring to us. I will not shy away from this fact. Politics is local. Apart from the fact that H.E. Okowa’s vice presidency has some direct governmental benefits to Delta State, there are also political benefits that are naturally consequential of this elevation. For clarity, H.E. Okowa has the capacity to be vice president in a diverse nation like Nigeria with myriad of problems going by his vast political experience, and it also has political gains for Delta State.

The first direct benefit would be the decongestion of the political space in Delta State. Mr. Governor would move up to the federal executive level; so would a lot of his aides and current appointees who would have jostled and lobbied to be retained by the incoming administration; thereby creating vacancies to be filled by other persons in the political pipeline yet to be accomodated especially the youths.

Analogous to the above is the need to upgrade some of our state politicians to federal ones. Remember when Buhari and Osinbajo won in 2015 as president and vice president respectively, with the strategic partnership of Tinubu, a lot of the Tinubu/Osinbajo’s men also moved up. Persons like Babatunde Fashola, Rauf Aregbesola, Lai Mohammed to mention but a few who were once state politicians got federal appointments; and so did their aides and allies. It is the turn of Delta State to enjoy this too. Do not talk about nepotistic disposition. The position of the vice president is more for political balance than for any other thing. That is why the president and his vice do not come from the same region. Political involvement cascades down and spreads across the country, starting from the local based of the chief executive and his vice.

Apart from the political benefits above, Delta being the state that produced the number 2 man, will also be the second to know the government’s strategic focus on infrastructure and allied development. This will give us a comparative advantage to other states in this respect. There will be equitable spread of development nationally but the first to know always has an advantage.

We will also have easy access to national empowerment programs and scheme (chief of which will be entrepreneurship programs), loans/grants to farmers and business people, federal government scholarships both at national and international levels, employment, federal government presence to mention but a few.

Okowa stands as the key to the future. Okowa comes with a complete sense of stability in governance. This is why at this juncture, we should look beyond the ill feelings the various primaries generated both at the federal and state levels and embrace this great future that beckons.

The run-up to the PDP primaries like every high stake contest, there were issues that came up that left persons dissatisfied and disaffected. This is one area we must not allow sentiments to override our judgment. In order to ensure victory for our dear governor, we should also embrace PDP at all levels, particularly Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori regardless of how disaffected you might have felt due to the great future that beckons on us from the party. As the slogan suggests, it’s PDP 5/5.

Awipi Lawson
National Coordinator.
Concerned Nigerians For Good Governance (CN4GG)

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