Atiku’s Running Mate for 2023: 5 Facts to know about Okowa


Five things to know about Okowa,  Atiku’s Running Mate for 2023.

  • Atiku’s Running Mate for 2023 Presidential Election has been announced. 

Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, has named Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar made the announcement on Thursday via his social media accounts.

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Before the announcement, Ejes Gist Newspaper had reported that aside from Okowa others reportedly shortlisted were his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike and the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel.

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Here are five things you should know about the governor of Delta State, who was chosen ahead of Wike and Emmanuel.

Facts About Atiku’s Running Mate for 2023

Early Life 

Okowa was born in the Delta State town of Owa-Alero in the state’s Ika North-East Local Government Area.

From 1970 to 1976, he attended Edo College in Benin City.

Following his secondary school education, he attended the University of Ibadan to study Medicine and Surgery, graduating with an MBBS degree in 1981.

He worked as a Medical Officer for the Bendel State Hospitals Management Board after completing his National Youth Service.

In 1986, he started his own practice as the Director of Victory Medical Centre in Igbanke.

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Attempt at politics

Between 1991 and 1993, Okowa served as Secretary to the Ika Local Government and then Chairman of the Ika North-East Local Government Council.

In 1998, he joined the PDP and worked on Governor James Ibori’s campaign in 1998 and 1999.

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From July 1999 to April 2001, he was a commissioner in the Delta State Ministries of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Water Resource Development (April 2001 – May 2003), and Health (September 2003 – October 2006).

Atiku’s Running Mate, Okowa  Senatorial Election 

With 942 votes in the PDP primary in January 2011, Okowa was elected Delta North Senatorial candidate, but the result was challenged by party leaders, who preferred Marian Amaka Alli, the wife of a PDP chieftain, Col Ahmadu Alli (retd.) as the party’s candidate.

He did, however, win the rerun election, receiving 1,446 votes to Dr. Marian Alli’s 108.

Okowa won 98,140 votes in the Delta North Senatorial election in April 2011, defeating his closest rival, Prince Ned Munir Nwoko of the Democratic People’s Party, who received 67,985 votes.PDP to screen VP nominees, Atiku's Running Mate for 2023

Atiku’s Running Mate Ambitions for governorship

Okowa resigned to run for governor of Delta State in the 2007 PDP governorship primary, but he lost.

He was appointed Secretary to the Delta State Government in June 2007.

Unfazed by the setback, Okowa won the PDP governorship ticket for 2015 with 406 votes on December 8, 2014.

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Okowa won the state’s governorship election in April 2015 with 724,680 votes after emerging as the PDP’s governorship candidate. On May 29, 2015, he was sworn in as governor.

On March 9, 2019, Okowa was re-elected to a second term. He received 925,274 votes to defeat Great Ogboru of the All Progressives Congress, who received 215,938 votes.

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