2019: I Can't Force Deltans To Vote For Ex-VP Atiku, Lamido - Governor Okowa

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has dismissed reports that he is supporting any presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Speaking to newsmen, the governor also disclosed that he won’t force delegates from his state to vote whoever he chooses to support.

Okowa said: “I have not said I am supporting Atiku. I made my statement which was clear and cautious. If you followed us properly, you will discover that when he talked to Deltans, he made a lot of statement which did interest our people, and he has said he is a friend of the state.

“He talked about restructuring and the rest. And if his programme continues to interest the people, I will not be able to hold back the hands of the people. I am not going to force any delegate to the national convention to vote the way Okowa thinks or feels.

“They will be allowed to exercise their discretion and their votes. I am not the type of person that will insist that this is the way it must go. When Sule Lamido came, people know that he spoke so well, Lamido is also a man I respect so well, and he was well received.

“As governor, I don’t want to directly support any candidate, but the will of the people will be allowed to be, but if anything happens that I have to give guidance, I will never force the people to vote against their will.”
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