Leaders of Southern and Middle Belt sociocultural groups attack Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, for accepting to serve as running mate.

PDP flagbearer, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday announced Okowa as his partner for the coming 2023 presidential battle.

The leaders said Okowa forgot the zoning arrangement that favours Southerners to take over power from President Buhari in 2023.

What pained them the most is that Okowa hitherto championed power shift to the South. They reminded the governor that he hosted Southern Governors at Asaba where the decision was taken on 11 May 2021.

They therefore described Okowa’s action as “most unfortunate.”

“His action is treacherous and tantamount to a despicable pawning of the political future of the people of Southern Nigeria.”

The leaders also knocked the People‚Äôs Democratic Party (PDP), for “thoughtlessly” discarding the “zoning principle.

They said PDP’s power rotation principle “has become established as a norm and an intrinsic part of the nation’s political trajectory.”

“It is difficult to fathom how a political party can claim to be on a supposed rescue mission with such false footings of unfairness, injustice, duplicity and gross insensitivity to national outlook.”

Read the leaders response here:

Southern leaders attack Okowa on VP nomination