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Atiku Declared PDP Presidential Candidate

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Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has emerged as the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Presidential Flagbearer in the 2019 elections.

Atiku scored 1,532 votes to defeat 11 other contestants including Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, who scored 693 votes and Senate President, Bukola Saraki who placed third with 317 votes.

Rabiu Kwankwaso polled 158 votes, Ibrahim Dankwambo (111 votes), Sule Lamido (96 votes), Ahmed Makarfi (74 votes), Tanimu Turaki (65 votes), Attahiru Bafarawa (48 votes), David Mark (35 votes), Jonah Jang (19 votes), Datti Ahmed (05 votes).

The Chief Returning Officer at the convention and Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, declared the former Vice President as the winner after the votes were counted at the Adokiye Amiesemeka stadium, the venue of the PDP National Convention in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Atiku will now face the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, President Muhammadu Buhari, in the 2019 presidential election.

There were wild scenes of jubilation at the Adokiye Amasiemeka Stadium in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Sunday morning when former Vice President Atiku Abubakar was officially declared presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Atiku hadn’t even been declared winner — but his votes had surpassed Aminu Tambuwal’s — when his supporters slippied into fits of frenetic dancing, shouting and merrymaking.

By the time Ifenayi Okowa, Governor of Delta State and Chairman of the election organising commitee, declared Atiku winner, his supporters had already dissipated so much energy into their celebrations that they had become somewhat subdued.

By then, also, the podium had become so crowded that the organisers had a difficult time clearing it to make way for Atiku to present his acceptance speech.