True to the expectations of political pundits, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has emerged as the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 presidential election.
The Waziri Adamawa, a serial contestant for the topmost political office in the land emerged the winner of the primary election organized at at a special national convention organized by the party on Saturday at the Velodrome, located inside the M. K. O. Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
A breakdown of votes received by the aspirants in the primary election showed that Atiku polled a total of 371 votes from delegates.
Atiku Abubakar – 371 votes
Anyim Pius Anyim – 14 votes
Udom Emmanuel – 38 votes
Bala Mohammed – 20 votes
Oliva Tariela – 1 vote
Bukola Saraki – 70 votes
Nyesom Wike – 237 votes
Samuel Ohuabunwa – 1 Vote
Twelve (12) votes returned void.
Reacting to his victory, Atiku expressed happiness at his victory saying the “battle to rebuild and unite our great country moves forward”.
“I’m honored to be named the @OfficialPDPNig candidate. I look forward to speaking with Nigerians across the country, taking the message of hope and unity as we build one future for one people”, he said.
Atiku, who served as the Vice President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007 during the presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo, was the candidate of the PDP in the 2019 presidential election.
He lost the presidential election of 2019 to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.
Earlier he contested the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2015 presidential election but lost to Buhari.
Winning the PDP ticket for the 2023 presidential election would be Atiku’s 6th attempt to become the president of Nigeria.