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Atiku Wins PDP Presidential Ticket, Beats Wike, Saraki, Others

••• As Tinubu Expects To Win APC Ticket, Become Atiku's Worthy Opponent 
 
 •Atiku


| The Daily Crucible | Sunday, May 29, 2022

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has emerged winner of the the presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 general election.

Atiku Abubakar defeated other contestants to clinch the presidential ticket of the PDP for the 2023 general election.

He also flew the opposition party's presidential ticket in the 2019 presidential election, where he ran against the incumbent President Muhammadu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and lost.

His rivals in the primary, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State trailed behind with 237 Votes, while former Senate President Bukola Saraki scored 70 votes.

Governors Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom and Bala Mohammed of Bauchi polled 38 and 20 votes respectively.

Also, others - former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim polled 14 votes while Diana Oliver and Samuel Ohuabumwa secured one vote each. A total of 12 votes were declared void in the exercise.

Elated Atiku promised to work for the development of the country if elected president.

The Turaki Adamawa said he considered it an honour to win the Presidential candidate of Nigeria’s opposition party.

“Today, the march to rebuild and unite our great country moves forward. I am honoured to be named the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party. I look forward to speaking with Nigerians across the country, taking the message of hope and unity as we build one future for one people,” he said.

Atiku was the candidate of the PDP in the 2019 elections won by President Muhammadu Buhari.

His main rival in the 2023 elections will emerge when the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) picks its candidate in June.

Atiku scored the highest votes at the primary election conducted at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja on Saturday.


           •Tinubu

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential race front-runner and Jagaban Borgu, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has congratulated Atiku Abubakar for emerging as the flag bearer of the PDP for the 2023 general elections.

Tinubu hailed Atiku for his patriotism and commitment to the nation's progress,    saying  Atiku’s victory didn’t come as a surprise to Nigerians because of his vast experience as a statesman and veteran of many presidential contests since 1993.

The APC National Leader also  congratulated the other contestants - Dr. Bukola Saraki, governor Aminu Tambuwal, governor Nyesom Wike and others for the orderly and peaceful way they conducted themselves and for pledging to support Atiku after he was declared winner.

The presidential hopeful said what Atiku's fellow contestants had done reflected the true spirit of democratic sportsmanship.

The former governor of Lagos State, however, noted that he expected the former Vice-president, who was also the 2019 presidential candidate of the PDP, to be his worthy opponent, by the Grace of God and the support of APC delegates, in the coming 2023 President election.

According to him, the 2023 general elections, especially the presidential leg of it, should be about issues that will improve the quality of life of Nigerians; bring peace, progress, political stability and solve myriad of sociopolitical challenges and insecurity currently buffeting Nigeria.

“I welcome the victory of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the just concluded primary. I look forward to squaring up with him as a worthy opponent in the coming election. I have known the former Vice President as a formidable politician and a patriot who believes in the unity and progress of our dear country.

“As we move further into the election season, I charge the PDP presidential candidate and all political actors across Party lines that we should make this election season one that is devoid of bitterness, rancour and strife.

“We should make our campaigns peaceful and issue based. Election season should be a festival of ideas that will uplift our country and improve the living condition of all our people.

“Unfortunately for the PDP, its candidate will be burdened to explain why Nigerians should give it another opportunity, after squandering 16 years at the central government, without much to show.

“Nigerians are yet to forget the national ruin and mismanagement of our country for 16 years by successive PDP administration and this bad memory will dog the campaign of the PDP Candidate

“Nevertheless, I once again congratulate our former Vice President for his victory in his party’s primary.”

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