Sunday, 7 October 2018

2019: Atiku to Fly PDP presidential flag, with resounding victory in Party primary

A former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, has emerged the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate for the 2019 election. can confirm.

He emerged after a keenly contested primary held at Adokiye Amasiemaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on Sunday.

According to the result obtained from Punchonline, Atiku got over 1500 votes to emerge the winner while Aminu Tambuwa scored 693 votes followed by Bukola Saraki with 317 votes. 

Complete Result

The voided votes are 68

1. Jonah Jang scored 19 votes
2. Datti Baba Ahmed 5 Votes5
3. David Mark is 35 votes
4. Tanumu Turaki 65 votes
5. Sule Lamido 96 votes
6. Attahiru Bafarawa 48
7. Ibrahim Dankwambo 111
8. Ahmed Makarfi 74
9. Rabiu Kwankwanso 158
10. Bukola Saraki 317
11. Aminu Tambuwal 693
12. Atiku Abubakar 1500+

The 72-year-old Atiku Abubakar, a businessman, who served as the second elected vice-president of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, on the platform of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), with President Olusegun Obasanjo.

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