Nigeria's opposition PDP picks Atiku to challenge Buhari

Nigeria's opposition PDP picks Atiku to challenge Buhari

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has won the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP presidential ticket by scoring the largest number of votes - 1532 votes, beating Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State who scored 693 votes.

Concise News had reported earlier that the former Vice President emerged victor of the party's presidential primary with 1,532 votes while his closest contender, Aminu Tambuwal, polled 693 votes.

Abubakar, a former Vice-President, was declared victor at his party's convention in Port-Harcourt early Sunday.

They will be deciding who shall represent the party ahead of the presidential election in February 2019.

While schemings are still ongoing to woo delegates, it was gathered that both Saraki and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, may have divided delegates from South-east among themselves.

Also in the running is Donald Duke, the former governor of the southern Cross River state, whose opposition Social Democratic Party formally elected him its flag-bearer on Sunday.

In his acceptance speech, Abubakar said he learnt a lot under Obasanjo when he served as his deputy from 1999 to 2007. "We are only working with you (Mr Abubakar) to victory".

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"I can not compel all the 14 governors to vote a particular aspirant".

"I am prepared to take your advice, work with you as we together succeed in 2019".

He described the process that produced him candidate as free, fair and innovative.

He described President Muhammadu Buhari as clueless, adding that the PDP can not afford to fail at the general election.

On the chances of APC, Bakare said though the government was trying its best, there was the need for them to do much more to win the next election.

Mr Abubakar later ran for presidency on the platform of the Action Congress, having quit the PDP on account of his issues with President Obasanjo.

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