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PDP: 10 Facts You Need to know about Atiku’s Running Mate, Ifeanyi Okowa

Academic background

  1. He was born with the full name Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa. Okowa was born at Owa-Alero in Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State on 8 July, 1959.
  2. His educational background spans across the south-south and southwest where he attended the famous Edo College, Benin City, between 1970 and 1976.  Okowa graduated with the second best result in the Higher School Certificate Examination in the then Bendel State.
  3. Okowa is a certified medical doctor.  Okowa attended the prestigious University of Ibadan where he studied Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) degree and graduated in 1981 at a record age of 22 years.

Political career

  1. Okowa’s political journey began when he was appointed secretary to the Ika Local Government and then pioneer Chairman of Ika North-East Local Government Council (1991–1993).
  2. He joined the PDP in 1998, and assisted in Governor James Ibori’s campaign in 1998/1999. He served as a Commissioner in the Delta State government for Agriculture and Natural Resources (July 1999 – April 2001), Water Resources Development (April 2001 – May 2003) and Health (September 2003 – October 2006).
  3. In 2007, Okowa resigned his position as commissioner for health in a bid to become the next governor of the state. Unfortunately, he lost at the PDP governorship primaries. He was however compensated with an appointment as Secretary to the Delta State Government.
  4. In 2011, he contested for the senatorial seat of the Delta North senatorial district and eventually emerged victorious.
  5. As senator in the seventh National Assembly, he was ranked among the best senators for sponsoring 10 bills, including the National Health Bill, a feat many acknowledged as ingenious, legendary and laudable despite his short stint in the red chamber.
  6. In April 2015, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa was elected Governor of Delta State and was inaugurated on May 29, 2019.
  7. In his second tenure as governor with less than 14 months left to the completion of his tenure, he emerged the running mate of PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar on Thursday, June 16

Read more: PDP: Atiku Finally Picks Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate

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