- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has admitted the influence of Peter Obi, the flagbearer of the Labour Party in the presidential race
- The vice-presidential candidate of the PDP said the former Anambra state governor holds a strong advantage in the southeast
- He stated that he wishes that Peter Obi was not in the race but the PDP has no choice but to deal with it
The Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed his fears over the candidacy of Peter Obi, the flag bearer of Labour Party.
Governor Okowa in an interview with Daily Independent newspaper, revealed that Peter Obi has become a powerful force in the presidential race and will pose a problem from the southeastern region of Nigeria.
Peter Obi who is the former governor of Anambra state situated in the southeast region looks certainly in pole advantage to pull massive votes from the region.
Governor Okowa of Delta sate hails from the south-south region whose population slightly cannot match that of the southeastern region except for Rivers state whose governor is not in talking terms with Okowa.
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Why Peter Obi is a threat – Okowa
Speaking on this advantage, Governor Okowa said Obi holds the advantage in the southeast based on the sentiments laced around his candidacy as the son of the soil.
The vice-presidential candidate said:
“In the southeast, it will definitely be an issue for us because of the sentiments that are coming; but I know that the PDP has a strong root in the southeast and I know the contest in the southeast will be between the PDP and the Labour Party.
“We will wish that he (Peter Obi) is not in the race but since he is in the race, it will be a competition between two parties in the southeast, not the APC but the PDP and Labour Party.”
2023: Nigeria too disintegrated for inexperienced president to govern, says Okowa
Meanwhile, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has said Nigeria is currently too disintegrated for an inexperienced person to emerge as president in 2023.
The PDP vice presidential candidate made the comment while addressing some youth groups in Abuja.
The youths had organised an event in the nation’s capital to mark the UN-recognised International Youth Day.
2023: Leave Peter Obi alone, ‘ObIdients’ tell Gov Okowa
In another development, the Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has been advised to market himself and stop his verbal attacks on Peter Obi.
The Labour Party media team stated that Obi is a driver of a movement poised to change Nigeria’s political landscape.