Atiku Abubakar Wins PDP Presidential Primaries

Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has won the People’s Democratic Party (PDP’s) presidential primary. He will contest to become the next president of Nigeria in the 2023 general elections.

This is how the delegates voted:

  • Atiku Abubakar: 371 votes
  • Governor Nyesom Wike: 237 votes
  • Bukola Saraki: 70 votes.
  • Governor Udom Emmanuel: 38 votes
  • Governor Bala Mohammed: 20 votes
  • Anyim Pius Anyim: 14 votes
  • Sam Ohuabunwa: 1 vote.

Sunday Punch is reporting that northern elders were behind the emergence of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.

According to Punch, there was an intervention by the northern elders which led to the withdrawal of Aminu Tambuwal and Mohammed Hayatu-Deen from the primaries.

The intervention was led by Gen Aliyu Gusau (retd.), and Attahiru Bafarawa with the intent to reduce the number of northern aspirants to one. They reportedly insisted that a particular candidate from the southern part of the country should not be allowed to win the election.

A Punch correspondent reports that the aspirants from the North were asked to step down for Atiku, who they considered as having national spread more than the others.
The source, who is also a former national chairman of the PDP, said,
“The northern leaders felt that Atiku would be better in managing the country and that there is nothing the ruling party or the Federal Government would say about him that had not been said.

“They were of the opinion that no anti-corruption agency will harass him anymore and that he also has national spread.”

It was also gathered that Hayatu-Deen agreed to step down after the meeting, but Tambuwal and others said they would consider it.

“Tambuwal said he would speak at the convention ground, while others said they would speak to their delegates on what to do,” the source added.

Atiku praised Tambuwal’s decision to withdraw by tweeting:

“Thank you, H.E @AWTambuwal, for your spirited campaign. I look forward to working with you as we unite our party and our country.”

Wike was reportedly shocked by this announcement because he was a strong supporter of Tambuwal in 2019. The outcome of the 2019 national convention which was hosted in Port Harcourt, was said to have irked the governor, who allegedly felt that a former National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, ought to have helped sway in favour of his friend, Tambuwal.

The unresolved crisis between Wike and Secondus as a result of the 2019 convention was said to have resulted in the removal of the former national chairman of the party, which was engineered by the governor.

A source close to the party’s top hierarchy said, “It is better we have someone like Atiku.

“He is calm and has listening ears. He is experienced and has his supporters everywhere in the country. That’s why we gave him the ticket.”

In his acceptance speech after he was pronounced as the PDP candidate, Atiku extended a hand of fellowship to the defeated aspirants and pledged to work with them to ensure victory for the party.

He said:

“Today marks another milestone in the process to consolidate our democratic gains.”

Atiku said if elected President, he would unify the country, deal with insecurity and revamp the economy.

“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.”

As for Atiku’s potential running mate, the options are:

  1. Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa
  2. Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel
  3. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike

Before his sudden defection from the PDP to the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi was said to be in the running for the vice-presidential slot.

 

 

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