Atiku Clinch PDP Presidential Ticket
Former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has polled the highest votes in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary held at the MKO Abiola stadium on Saturday.
Former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has clinched the ticket as the presidential candidate of the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party.
Atiku polled 371 – the highest votes – in the election held at MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja on Saturday.
He overcame his closest competitor the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, who scored 237 votes, while Other aspirants, Bukola Saraki – 70; Sam Ohuanbunwa – 1; Anyim Pius Anyim – 14; Udom Emmanuel – 38 votes; Bala Mohammed – 20 came at a distance.
The former Vice President also won in 2019 but lost to President Muhammadu Buhari in the general elections. Earlier today, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal announced his withdrawal from the 2023 presidential race to support Atiku.
The National Convention began around 6 p.m. with the National Anthem, followed by Muslim and Christian prayers, and then an opening remark by former Senate President David Mark, Chairman of the National Organising Committee (NCOC). Chinwe Nnorom, the PDP’s National Director of Publicity, announced at the start of the convention that phones were not permitted in the voting area.
According to the list obtained by enomaomoruyi on Saturday, 773 delegates from the Local Government Areas have been confirmed, but approximately 810 delegates are expected to decide the candidate’s fate.
The party’s delegates are made up of one national delegate elected from each of the 774 local government areas and one special delegate elected from among people with disabilities in each state and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), for a total of 811.
On Tuesday, May 10, all delegates emerged from the party’s LGAs congress.
Among those who took part in the convention were Abubakar, former Senate Presidents Bukola Saraki and Pius Anyim, and Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed.
Others include River State Governor Nyesom Wike and Akwa Ibom State Governor Emmanuel Udom.