Atiku Abubakar, a retired customs officer and Nigeria’s vice president between 1999 and 2007, has emerged winner of the People Democratic Party, PDP, presidential election ahead of the 2019 general elections.
At the PDP national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, held Saturday and Sunday, Abubakar defeated 11 other aspirants to clinch the hotly-contested ticket. His victory sets him as the main challenger to President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general election.
Sunday’s PDP 2018 National Convention is one of the most competitive since 1998 when the party chose Olusegun Obasanjo as its candidate. Obasanjo went on to lead Nigeria for eight years starting in 1999, with Abubakar as his vice president.
Atiku polled 1532 to defeat his closest rival, Aminu Tambuwal, who polled 693 votes.
Others in the race were Sen. Bukola Saraki (317 votes), Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo (111 votes), Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso (158 votes), Ahmed Makarfi (74 votes), and Jonah Jang.
Others are Sen. David Mark (35 votes); Sule Lamido (96 votes); Atahiru Bafarawa (48 votes), Tanimu Turaki; Datti Baba-Ahmed; and Stanley Osifo.