Elections: PDP Announces Atiku Abubakar As Presidential Candidate

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Votes garnered by the other aspirants are: Abubakar Bukola Saraki (317), Rabiu Kwankwaso (158), Ibrahim Dankwambo (111), Sule lamido (96), Ahmed Markarfi (74), Attahiru Bafarawa (48), David Mark (35), Jonah Jang (19), Datti Baba Ahmed (05) and Kabiru Tanimu Turaki (68).

The reason for the meetings is due to the controversies that have trailed the party's governorship and senatorial primaries in some states such as Zamfara, Ondo, Kaduna and Ogun.

Abubakar, 71 and a former vice president, will stand as the People's Democratic Party (PDP) candidate.

Meanwhile, Saraki, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Governors Ifeanyi Okowa and Seriake Dickson of Delta and Bayelsa respectively, former governor Peter Obi, chairman, Northern Elders Council (NEC) and Tanko Yakasai have congratulated Atiku on his victory.

In her statement, she said it is disheartening that some people buy nomination forms only to find out that the tickets have been handed - automatically - to "preferred candidates". "The task to get Nigeria working again starts now", Abubakar said in a tweet.

Another source said Atiku won the primaries because some PDP governors and other stakeholders took him for granted. "On behalf of all of us, we congratulate you".

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Even though they lost the presidential ticker to the former Vice President, all four men have resolved to remain in the PDP and worked for its success in the 2019 general election. We always knew from day one that only one person will emerge, so today's event is not surprising.

The presidential flagbearer of the party will emerge from the convention.

Political parties had until Sunday to select their candidates.

The poll asked, "Who is the best candidate for @OfficialPDPNig [PDP]?"

The PDP has called the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to learn for the orderliness, transparency and credibility of its presidential primary.