By Onome Oghenetega
Renowned mass communication scholar and Rector of the Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe-Oghara, Professor Emmanuel Ufuophu-Biri, says the choice of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as running mate to the PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, is strategic to the party’s victory in the forthcoming elections.
Ufuophu-Biri also described Okowa as perfect fit for the Vice Presidential Candidate given his productive, functional and unparallel antecedents as governor and as party man.
He stated this, while congratulating the Governor Okowa on his emergence as the vice presidential candidate of the PDP, noting that the good deeds and character of Governor Okowa stands him out in all aspects of life.
The Oghara Poly Rector added that his political sagacity and experience and undiluted dedication to public service and positive orientation to the mankind qualify as the right candidate for the VP slot.
Prof. Ufuophu-Biri also commended the PDP Presidential candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku for the right choice of Senator Okowa as his running mate.
He noted that the combination of Alhaji Atiku, an experienced, tested and trusted politician and administrator of national and international repute and Senator Okowa, a grassroot and astute politician who has grown from the very foundation of politics, public service and administration to his present position unblemished and laden with laurels and accolade, present a shining hope and the dawn of a happy era for Nigeria.
Speaking further on the character and activities of Governor Okowa, he pointed out that Senator Okowa is an achiever in all ramifications who is divinely endowed with Midas touch for achievement and brings development to the people and the state.
He added that the last seven years that Senator Okowa has been governor, the state has witnessed an unprecedented degree of infrastructural, economic, social-cultural and human development that have placed the state among the first three most developed and economically advanced states in Nigeria.
Prof. Ufuophu-Biri stressed further that the commitment of the Governor towards education in the state is a clear indication that he understands the place of education in national development and that he believes strongly that Senator Okowa will bring this to bear at the national level.
He added that Senator Okowa’s establishment of additional three universities to the existing one in the state has provided an excellent platform for Deltans and other education loving individuals from within and outside the country to acquire high quality and international standard education.
The ownership and operation of the four universities and other several other institutions of higher learning in the state according to Prof.Ufuophu-Biri, has placed Delta State educationally ahead of virtually any other state in Africa.
He also congratulated the good people of Delta and the entire South-South for having their illustrious son emerged as the vice presidential candidate of the PDP.
This according to him is a good sign of good thing to come, not only to the state but to the entire South-South and the entire country
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