Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has been elected the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
At a PDP national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, held Saturday, October 6, 2018 and Sunday, October 7, 2018 Abubakar defeated 11 other aspirants to clinch the hotly-contested ticket.
With his victory, he is the main challenger to President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general election.
TheAll Progressives Congress confirmed President Buhari as its candidate at a non-competitive convention in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Saturday.
Abubakar, an Adamawa-born politician whose quest for Nigeria’s presidency has seen him vie for the top office since 1992, scored 1,532 votes at the convention.
His closest rival, Aminu Tambuwal, scored 693 votes while Senate President Bukola Saraki came third with 317 votes.
The 2018 National Convention of the PDP is one of the most competitive since 1998 when the party chose Olusegun Obasanjo as its candidate, Obasanjo went on to lead Nigeria for eight years starting in 1999, with Abubakar as his vice president.
He however left the PDP in the build up to the 2007 election to be the flag bearer of the then opposition Action Congress (AC). He lost the election to late President Umaru Yar’Adua.
Thereafter he rejoined the PDP and sought to be the party’s candidate in 2011. He lost the ticket to former President Goodluck Jonathan who led Nigeria until 2015.
He again left the PDP in the build up to the 2015 election for the then newly formed All Progressives Congress (APC). He came third in the APC presidential primary behind President Buhari and Rabiu Kwankwaso.
And President Buhari went on to win the general election and now seeking reelection.
In 2017 he left the APC for the PDP, accusing the ruling party and President Buhari of failing Nigerians.
Find below the result of the 2018 PDP presidential convention:
Candidate Score Atiku 1,532 Tambuwal 693 Saraki 317 Kwankwaso 158 Dankwambo 111 Lamido 96 Makarfi 74 Bafarawa 48 Turaki 65 Mark 35 Jang 19 Baba-Ahmed 5