ormer Vice President Atiku Abubakar has emerged as the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 presidential election.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports Atiku emerged as the candidate of the PDP for the 2023 presidential election at a special national convention organized by the party on Saturday.
The special national convention of the PDP was held at the Velodrome, located inside the M. K. O. Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
A total of 774 delegates were shortlisted for the primary election that produced Atiku as the candidate of PDP. However, only 767 delegates were screened.
A breakdown of votes received by the aspirants in the primary election showed that Atiku polled a total of 371 votes from delegates, defeating Nyesom Wike, Anyim Pius Anyim, Bukola Saraki and the other aspirants in the process.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike came second with a total of 237 votes, while Anyim polled 14 votes and Udom Emmanuel polled 38 votes.
TNG reports Bala Mohammed polled 20 votes, Oliva Tariela scored 1 vote, Bukola Saraki polled 70 votes and Samuel Ohuabunwa scored 1 vote. Twelve (12) votes returned void.
Atiku, who served as the Vice President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007 during the presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo, was the candidate of the PDP in the 2019 presidential election.
He lost the presidential election of 2019 to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.
Earlier he contested the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2015 presidential election but lost to Buhari.
Winning the PDP ticket for the 2023 presidential election would be Atiku’s 6th attempt to become the president of Nigeria.