Atiku Abubakar Emerges PDP Presidential Candidate

Nigeria former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday seventh October, emerged the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate for the 2019 General election.

The outcome was announced by Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, Chairman PDP 2018 Special National Convention Planning Committee, at the party’s convention on Sunday in Port Harcourt.

The total votes cast were 3221, while accredited delegates were 3,274 and the voided votes remained at 68.

The voided votes are 68
Jonah Jang scored 19 votes
Datti Baba Ahmed 5 Votes5
David Mark is 35 votes
Tanumu Turaki 65 votes
Sule Lamido 96 votes
Attahiru Bafarawa 48
Ibrahim Dankwambo 111
Ahmed Makarfi 74
Rabiu Kwankwanso 158
Bukola Saraki 317
Aminu Tambuwal 693
Atiku Abubakar 1500+

The Turaki of Adamawa ran for the office of governor of old Gongola State (now Adamawa and Taraba States) in 1991, and for the Presidency in 1993, putting third after MKO Abiola and Babagana Kingibe in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) primaries. In 1998 he was elected Governor of Adamawa State.

As Governor-Elect he was chosen by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate to Olusegun Obasanjo as his running mate. Mr Abubakar,a Adamawa born politician whose journey for Nigeria’s politics has seen him strive for the best office since 1992, left the PDP in the development to the 2007 race to be flag bearer of the then opposition Action Congress. He lost the election to late President Umaru Yar’Adua.

Atiku Abubakar was born on Nov. 25, 1946, in Jada, Adamawa. He worked with the Nigeria Customs Service for a long time, ascending to end up the Deputy Director, the second most noteworthy position in the Service, at that point. He retired in April 1989 and took up full-time business and politics.

Abubakar contested for the APC presidenstial ticket in 2015 and came third behind Muhammadu Buhari and Rabiu Kwankwaso.

He recently defected to the PDP from the APC to empower him to understand his aspiration to wind up the leader of Nigeria.

In any case, Abubakar while delivering his speech on Sunday after he rose the PDP’s presidential candidate applauded his previous Boss for picking him as a running mate in 1999 and for giving him critical important leadership lessons when they served the nation together.

“I wouldn’t have been remaining here today if my former Boss president Olusegun Obasanjo has not made me his VP,” Abubakar said.

“Under his tutelage, I learned quite a lot and I believed the experience I got is going to definitely impact how eventually we govern this country, which pays my personal tribute to him,” .

 

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