Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar has emerged the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
He defeated eleven other aspirants to win the ticket by polling 1532 votes at the party’s presidential primary held at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State came a distant second after scoring 693 votes, while the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki polled 317 votes.
Former Governor of Kano state, Senator Rabi’u Kwankwaso got 158 votes, while Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe state scored 111 votes.
Sule Lamido scored 96 votes while the former PDP interim Chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi got 74 votes.
Other votes are:
Kabiru Tanimu Turaki 65 Votes
Attahiru Bafarawa 48 votes
Senator David Mark 35 Votes
Senator Jonah Jang 19 Votes
Senator Datti Ahmed 5 Votes
With his victory, Mr. Abubakar will now face President Muhammadu Buhari, whose adoption was ratified by the All Progressives Congress, APC at its special convention on Saturday, in the February 2019 presidential election.a
A total of 3,274 delegates were accredited for the party presidential primary.
72-year-old Atiku Abubakar, a businessman, who served as the second elected vice-president of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), with President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Abubakar worked in the Nigeria Customs Service for twenty years, rising to become the Deputy Director before he retired in April 1989 to go into politics.
He ran for the office of governor in the Gongola State (now Adamawa and Taraba States) in 1991, and for the Presidency in 1993, placing third after MKO Abiola and Babagana Kingibe in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) primaries.
In 1998 he was elected Governor of Adamawa State. While still Governor-Elect he was selected by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate Olusegun Obasanjo as his running mate.
The duo went on to win elections in February 1999, and Abubakar was sworn-in as Nigeria’s second democratically elected vice president on 29 May 1999.
The 71-year-old second term as Vice President was marked by a stormy relationship with President Obasanjo.
Abubakar ran for presidency on the platform of the Action Congress, having quit the PDP on account of his issues with President Obasanjo.
Abubakar lost the election, placing third after Umaru Yar’Adua and Muhammadu Buhari of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).
He joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and sought the party’s ticket in 2014 but lost to President Muhammadu Buhari at the primary held in Lagos.
Abubaker defected again in May to PDP where he on Sunday clinched the ticket to tackle incumbent President Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.
Abubakar is a co-founder of Intels, an oil servicing business with extensive operations in Nigeria and abroad and founder of the American University of Nigeria (AUN).