From Okwe Obi, Abuja
Ahead of next year’s general elections, Presidential Candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Engr. Yabaji Sani, has picked Pastor Okey Udo as his running mate.
Addressing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, Sani, said the choice of Udo was based on his desire to enhance prospects of the ADP at the polls.
He described the cleric as a man of “uncommon traits of prudence, probity and honesty in the management of the finances and other assets in his custody.”
He said: “The Choice of Okey Udo as my running mate in the 2023 Presidential election was based on our desire to enhance prospects of the ADP at the polls.
“From among the many eminently qualified members of the party, Pastor Okey Udo was unanimously chosen by all in the selection panel in recognition of his outstanding qualities which include, a track record of dedicated and selfless commitment to the party over the years.
“With the comportment and dispositions of someone who lives true to his calling as a Cleric, Pastor Okey Udo, as the National Treasurer of the party, has the uncommon traits of prudence, probity and honesty in the management of the finances and other assets in his custody.
“In a climate where brazen corruption and mindlessness looting of the nation’s treasury have become endemic, Nigerians of his discipline and integrity have become rare and precious commodity to be treasured, encouraged and elevated to positions of leadership.
In his acceptance speech, Udo pledged to justify the offer by campaigning massively for the party.
He, however appealed to the card-carrying members of the party not to relent, but to deploy energy in ensuring that the party emerges victorious.
“All hands must be on deck, even as I reaffirm my dedication to the course of our great party as we go into the very decisive electoral contests in a few months from now.
“To the over four million card-carrying members and teeming supporters of the ADP, as always, I appreciate and extol your dogged spirit, your enduring faith, your patriotism and sacrifices made through the years that have nurtured our party from infancy to the towering colossus that it has become today on the nation’s political landscape.
“I am only to appeal to you that, at this stage of the struggle, if we desire to have the gold medal at the end of the day, we must remain resolute, keep up the tempo and the steam with which we have ran a long and challenging Marathon race,
“From the East to the West, from the South to the North and in every nooks and crannies of the country, Nigerians are craving and clamouring for a change in the character and textures of their political leadership.
“Weary and heavy laden, the people are groaning and seeking for salvation from the agonies of unprecedented poverty and insecurity that have enveloped the nation under the reigns of the PDP and the APC from the beginning of the ongoing 4th Republic, twenty two years ago to date.”
Udo hails from Ndi Edike Compound, Amaekpu in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia state.
He is the managing director of Vog Global Consult and M’lord Udo Consult Limited.
He has extensive and managerial experiences spanning over two decades both in private and public sector organizations.
“He has worked and consulted for local and international organizations such as Schwarzenberg Trust Service Reg (Liechtenstein /Switzerland), Federal Polytechnic Mubi, Julius Berger Plc, Federal Judicial Service Commission, Petroleum Technology Development Fund, Cubana Group to mention but a few.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Calabar and a Master’s Degree in International Accounting and Finance from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.
“He did his PhD in Management and specializing in Finance, at the prestigious, Walden University USA.
“He is a Certified Public Accountant, Forensic Auditor, and a member of many professional bodies namely; Association of Chartered Certified System Accountants of America, The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, Nigerian Institute of Management, a member, Institute of Chattered Trustees and many other professional bodies.
He is a strong agent of positive social change.
Pastor okey has passion for sound and ethical societal development. His calling as a pastor has taken him to many countries of the world persuading men to toe the path of a better society and economic development.
He is a well-groomed Pastor and is also a member of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), a member, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and many other Christian bodies in and out of Nigeria.