Atiku Abubakar Clinches PDP Presidential Ticket




Alhaji Abubakar Atiku has emerged the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after a keenly contested primary at the National Convention of the party held at the Adokiye Amiesiamaka Stadium, Igwuruta-Ali, Port Harcourt.

Atiku polled 1,532 to defeat his closest rival Tambuwa who got 693 votes while the senate president Bukola Saraki got 300 votes, coming third.

In his reaction, Atiku on his official Twitter page, the Turakin Adamawa thanked PDP for believing in him.

He wrote, ”@OfficialPDPNig, thank you for choosing me. This is a victory for all of us. The task to get Nigeria working again starts now. #NigeriaWillWork#LetsGetNigeriaWorkingAgain”
  The Result

VOID...68
JONA JANG...19
DATTI AHMEED....5
DAVID MARK...35
TURAKI T.K.....65
SULE LAMIDO...96
BAFARAWA.....48
Dakwanbo....111
Makarfi...74
Kwankwonso.....158
Bukola Saraki.....317
Aminu Tambuwal.....693
Atiku Abubakar....1523


Congratulating the winner, Governor Dankwambo who was also one of the candidates, tweeted, “Congratulations to Former Vice President of Nigeria, His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on his emergence as the flag bearer of our great party, the People’s Democratic Party. We are united under one Umbrella and we will work assiduously for our party’s victory in 2019.
 

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.

Abubakar’s 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













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