The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), the largest political party in Africa has elected Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as its presidential flagbearer at the end of its primaries, which was contested by 12 political heavyweights.
Atiku contested with Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, the incumbent Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Sule Lamido, Senator David Mark and Jonah David Jang. The rest include Ahmed Makarfi, Ibrahim Dankwambo, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, Attahiru Bafarawa and Datti Baba-Ahmed.
At the end of political meetings, agreements and politicking, Atiku received the highest number of votes in the exercise, which was held in Port Harcourt. The exercise began Saturday and the result did not come until late today (Sunday October 7, 2018). Only yesterday at the Eagle Square in Abuja, the All Progressive Congress (APC) unanimously agreed that nobody from the party should emerge challenger to incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari’s bid for a second term in office.
Atiku scored 1,532 votes, while his closest rival, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, polled 693.
There were a total of 3,274 accredited delegates. The lowest candidate, Datti Baba-Ahmed got only five votes at the convention.