Atiku emerges PDP presidential candidate, beats Wike, Saraki, others

Atiku emerges PDP presidential candidate, beats Wike, Saraki, others

A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday night, emerged the presidential candidate of the the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).


Atiku polled 371 votes, beating Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, who got 237 votes to second place. A former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, polled 70 votes, while Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel was fourth with 38 votes.


Others include Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed – 20 votes; a former Senate President, Pius Anyim who secured got 14 votes; while former President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Sam Ohuabunwa, polled only one vote.


Meanwhile, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, had earlier pulled out of the race; throwing his weight behind Atiku. Same as a former Managing Director of FSB International Bank, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen. Specifically, feelers indicate that both men came under pressure from the Northern Elders to stand down for Atiku.


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The decision reportedly came during a meeting held by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) with presidential aspirants from the North on Friday night. Their major argument was that Atiku had a stronger chance of winning  as he had national spread.


Speaking after his emergence as the the PDP candidate, Atiku hailed his fellow aspirants; even as he promised to unify Nigeria.


“Today marks another milestone in the process to consolidate our democratic gains. I pledge to unify the country that is why I refer to myself as a unifier. Unity is very important because the government of the APC has disunited Nigerians completely.”



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