Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president of Nigeria has won the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 general elections.
Atiku got a total number of 371 votes at the election which was held at MKO Abiola stadium in Abuja on Saturday being 28th May, 2022. His runner up governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State followed up with 237 votes while former senate President Bukola Saraki garnered 70 votes.
Governors Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State and Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State polled 38 and 20 votes respectively while Anyim Pius Anyim, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation got 14 votes. Diana Oliver and Samuel Ohuabunwa got one vote each while 12 votes were voided in the election.
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Atiku, commenting on his victory, promised to work for the development of the country if elected president. He also considered it as an honour to emerge as the Presidential candidate of Nigeria’s opposition party.
He said, “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”.
Recall that Atiku was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections won by President Muhammadu Buhari. His main rival in the 2023 elections would be revealed when the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) picks its candidate next week.
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