By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Coalition of Arewa Forum for Good Governance Governor ( CAFGG) has commended the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for picking Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa as running mate.
According to the group, the choice of Okowa not only strikes a balance of religion, it also douses tension on the quest for Igbo Presidency, knowing fully well that he’s a Delta Igbo.
Atiku, during the unveiling of Okowa as his running mate, said he was never afraid of taking difficult decisions.
Speaking at Press Conference held at Asa Pyramid Hotel, Kaduna on Saturday, CAFGG Coordinator, Malam Garba Yunusa, who expressed worries over what he described as,” Unnecessary Delays” in presidential candidates picking running mates, said, “Atiku has proved to be more prepared for race ahead than others.
“We were worried and conscious about issues of equity, justice and fairness in choices of running mates for presidential candidates ,but with the main opposition party ,PDP setting the tone with an Okowa, who is a Christian, a minority Anioma in Delta State and above all from the extraction of South-South geo-political zones, we have laid to rest all that fears.
“Our greatest joy now is that the tension stirred up by Muslim -Muslim ticked rumours in some quarters can now be doused with the balanced alternative provided by the PDP Presidential Candidate who is from North and his running mate from the South.
“However, we strongly believe that Governor Okowa, who is a former lawmaker and current Delta State Governor became the beautiful bride because of overt requisite leadership qualities that endeared Atiku to pick him as running mate.
“Apparently, his performance and ability to accommodate all residents regardless of ethnic or religious differences must have been parts of the reasons that favoured his choice .”
While urging the electorate to weigh the pros and cons of Atiku/Okowa as a united force in the interest of unity and progress of our dear country, he however, appealed to all aggrieved persons, especially in the PDP to sheath their swords and work with party to ensure victory at the polls, adding, “Afterall, Atiku chose Okowa after a wide consultation with various stakeholders and party stalwarts.”