Atiku floors Wike, wins PDP presidential primaries



Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has won the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential ticket, making him the forerunner for the party in the race to the 2023 general elections.


On Saturday, the PDP held its presidential primary elections at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja amidst the sudden extension of primaries by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).


Mr Abubakar, a retired customs office and Nigeria’s vice-president from 1999 to 2007, won the most votes from the 767 delegates accredited for the convention.


Earlier, Sokoto State governor and fellow presidential aspirant Aminu Tambuwal withdrew from the race.

Tambuwal urged his supporters among the delegates to vote for the former vice president, subsequently shooting him ahead of his main contender Nyesom Wike.

Former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, and former Managing Director, FSB International Bank, Mohammed Isa-Hayatudeen, had withdrawn before the primaries.

The contenders were former Senate Presidentd, Pius Anyim and Bukola Saraki; Atiku Abubakar; Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel; Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed; industrialist, Sam Ohuabunwa; and businessman, Taruel Oliver.

The results are as follows:

Pius Anyim..14 votes

Udom..38 votes
Bala Mohamed. 20 votes
Saraki.votes 70 ..
Wike votes ..237 votes.
Atiku Abubakar..371 votes.
Tariel Oliver ..1 vote..
Sam …………1 vote

In March, Abubakar formally declared his interest in running for the office of the Nigerian president in 2023. His campaign focus covered security, economy, education and devolving more resources and powers to the federating units.

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