Nigeria's leading opposition party is scheduled to hold a non-elective convention this Saturday in Abuja.
"I am impressed by the renewed enthusiasm and commitment of members towards rebuilding the party after the protracted leadership tussle", he said.
"It is a privilege given to every former PDP governor. Ibori is a former governor, and he has not left PDP".
According to Okowa, It is no longer news that Nigerians are suffering and it was not like this when we were in control of the Federal government, stressing that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, remains the only party capable of taking Nigeria out of its present economic challenges.
"If presidential election is to take place in February 2019, the minimum time required by an elected executive will not be more than 12 months to settle down".
Ibori, is No 41 in the main organising committee list.
"Let all presidential aspirants from the 19 states of the North be subjected to one primaries; whereas, all national chairmanship candidates from the 17 states of the South also be subjected to one primary to contest together, so as to produce the best candidate, to practicalise democracy", he added.
The former Delta State Governor who has not attended any political meeting at the national headquarters since he returned to the country, and was absent at the inaugural meeting of the committee last Wednesday.
"As a party, we will continue to work hard not to lose anybody, but we will work harder to bring in more members to the party", he said in Abuja.
The Governor was accompanied on the inspection by former Governors Peter Obi; Liyel Imoke; Ibrahim Shekarau and Idris Wada, Rahaman Yero; Celestine Omehia, Senator Biodun Olujimi and other members of the planning committee.
Also on Thursday at the PDP national secretariat at a meeting of the committee set up by the party to screen the seven governorship aspirants for the Anambra State election, the committee expressed displeasure over acts of indiscipline by some of the aspirants.
"This convention is to energise us, and certainly to ensure that hope is restored, and God willing, this party is going to come to power again in a big way", he stressed.
Spokesperson for the ruling party, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, said, "Three weeks is not forever; we will wait for it to come".