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Atiku Abubakar Wins PDP Presidential Ticket

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Atiku Emerges  As The PDP Presidential Candidate for 2023 Election

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has emerged presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Atiku defeated 12 other candidates in an eagerly contested presidential primary held at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja on Saturday. Out of the 767 accredited ballots at the election, he polled 371 votes while his closest rival, Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, came second with 237 votes.

Moments before the commencement of the voting at the primary, a strong contender for the ticket, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, stepped down from the race and directed his supporters to vote for Atiku. The northern elders’ intervention was said to have led to the withdrawal of the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, and a former Managing Director of FSB International Bank, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, from the race.

Many people believe Mr Tambuwal’s withdrawal from the race highly favoured former vice president Atiku Abubakar. Immediately after Tambuwal announced his withdrawal, Atiku took to his Twitter handle to hail the decision.

In his acceptance speech after he was declared winner, Atiku described his emergence as the making of another history. He said the electio n is the freest and fairest election in the history of the party. Promising to unify the country, Atiku accused the APC-led government of fostering disunity among Nigerians across ethnic and religious borderlines. He seized the moment to appeal to aggrieved members to employ internal mechanisms to resolve all disputes rather than seeking redress in court.

“It was a well-fought primary election. I also pledge to confront economic problems which were compounded by the APC government”, he said.

Atiku then called on his fellow contestants to join forces with him and promised to cooperate with them in building the country.

While Atiku’s victory at the primary is his second successive attempt, it also marked his fifth shot at the presidency. He has had other unsuccessful contests for the seat under both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his current party, the PDP. The Adamawa-born politician also secured the ticket of the PDP in 2019 but lost at the general elections to the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari of the APC.

Atiku Abubakar GCON is a Fulani Nigerian politician and businessman. He served as the Vice President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007 during the presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo. He ran as Governor of Adamawa State in 1990, 1997 and later, in 1998, being elected before becoming Olusegun Obasanjo’s running mate during the 1999 presidential election and re-elected in 2003.
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