It’s official! Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President, is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate who will attempt to snatch the presidency from Muhammadu Buhari in February 2019.
Atiku becomes the PDP candidate after emerging winner, against all odds, of the PDP presidential primary election that began on Saturday but finiyed moments ago at the Adokiye Amasiemeka Stadium in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State.
Aminu Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, had been the favourite to win the election, having earned the support of Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, who is currently the party’s biggest financier.
However, Atiku won overwhelmingly, polling 1,585 votes to condemn Tambuwal to second place with his 693 votes.
Atiku now gets his fifth shot at the presidency, having aspired for the office every election cycle since leaving office as Vice President in 2003.