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2019:  Atiku emerges PDP’s Presidential Candidate, faces APC’s Buhari


By Sarauniya Gloria Usman, Port Harcourt


Jonah Jang                             19 votes
Datti Ahmed                           05 votes
David Mark                             35 votes
Kabiru Turaki                         65 votes
Sule Lamido                           96 votes
Attahiru Bafawara                  48 votes
Ibrahim Dankwambo            111 votes
Ahmed Markafi                     74 votes
Rabiu Kwankwanso              158 votes
Bukola Saraki                        317 votes
Aminu Tambawal                   693 votes
Atiku Abubakar                    1532 votes
Alhajia Atiku Abubakar, Wazirin Adamawa has defeated other PDP presidential contenders, at the party’s Convention held in Port Harcourt, by a wide margin to emerge the party’s presidential candidate for next year’s election.
A multiple presidential aspirant/candidate under various parties, he is expected to face All Peoples Congress’ (APC’s) candidate, incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, who himself had sought for the office under various parties.
Even before the final count, Chief Agent of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has confirmed that his candidate has won the presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said even before the count of the votes that, “I have no doubt that Atiku Abubakar has worn the primary”.
Also Senator Ben Bruce, another agent of Atiku, emerged from the vote sorting platform to say that “Atiku has won”.
72-year-old Atiku Abubakar, a businessman, who served as the second elected vice-president of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), with President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Abubakar worked in the Nigeria Customs Service for twenty years, rising to become the Deputy Director before he retired in April 1989 to go into politics.
He ran for the office of governor in the Gongola State (now Adamawa and Taraba States) in 1991, and for the Presidency in 1993, placing third after MKO Abiola and Babagana Kingibe in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) primaries.
In 1998 he was elected Governor of Adamawa State. While still Governor-Elect he was selected by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate Olusegun Obasanjo as his running mate.
The duo went on to win elections in February 1999, and Abubakar was sworn-in as Nigeria’s second democratically elected vice president on 29 May 1999.
Abubakar’s second term as Vice President was marked by a stormy relationship with President Obasanjo.
Abubakar ran for presidency on the platform of the Action Congress, having quit the PDP on account of his issues with President Obasanjo.
Abubakar lost the election, placing third after Umaru Yar’Adua and Muhammadu Buhari of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).
He joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and sought the party’s ticket in 2014 but lost to President Muhammadu Buhari at the primary held in Lagos.
Abubaker defected again in May to PDP where he on Sunday clinched the ticket to tackle incumbent President Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.
Abubakar is a co-founder of Intels, an oil servicing business with extensive operations in Nigeria and abroad and founder of the American University of Nigeria (AUN).

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