The People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) has elected former Vice President Atiku Abubarkar as its Presidential Candidate in the Presidential election due to hold in February 2019, even as the PDP candidate insists on restructuring the country.
The PDP Candidate promised to work with every Nigerian in each state to restructure and build the local infrastructures needed to grow the economy, create jobs and bring wealth to every Nigerian.
Atiku Polled 1,532 votes to defeat Sokoto state Governor, Aminu Tambuwal who polled 693 votes to become second and Senate President, Busola Saraki who polled 317 votes to pick the third place slot, with Senator Rabiu Kwankawanso getting 158 votes to pick a distant 4th position.
The keenly contested and well organised election started yesterday and was concluded at about noon on Sunday.
At the end of proceedings, which saw Datti Baba Ahmed getting the least vote of 5 with former Governor Jonah Jang getting 19 votes, former Senate President, David Mark got 35, while Kabiru Turaki got 65 with Sule Lamido polling 96, Atahiru Bafarawa, 48, and Dankwabo polling 111 votes.
As reeled out by the Chairman of the organising Committee, the Delta State Governor, Ifeayin Okowa, Ahmed Markarfi garnered 74 votes as 68 voted were recorded as void.
In the build up to the election, the former Vice President had described the presidential election primary holding in Port Harcourt as most important in the history of Nigeria.
In his address at the just concluded National Convention of the opposition party , Atiku said the time has come to get Nigeria working again.
Canvassing for support before commencement of voting at the convention, Atiku said in his speech to the delegates,that “On this day, you have a most important decision in your hands. You must decide who will represent the PDP as our candidate for the President of Nigeria.
“This election is one of the most important in the history of our Republic. Four years ago, the people of Nigeria voted for Change, today they are not happy with the change they received.
“The economy has slowed, bringing hardship across Nigeria, increasing hunger and poverty, farmers struggle, businesses close, and jobs are lost. All the while, our government has become less transparent and deaf to the voices of Nigerians.
“It is time we get Nigeria working again. We need jobs, wealth creation for farmers and across the agriculture sector, along with security for every Nigerian so they may prosper.
“This is why I ask for your support in seeking the PDP ticket. You are aware of my government service and just as importantly my long work in business helping develop the economy, creating jobs in agriculture, healthcare, and education.
“With your support, together, we can truly get Nigeria working again. Upon election, I will work with you the delegates of the PDP and every Nigerian in each state to restructure and build the local infrastructures needed to grow the economy, create jobs and bring wealth to every Nigerians”
By Femi Adepoju