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Atiku is PDP presidential candidate for 2019

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Uche Secondus (middle) with Atiku and former VP Namadi Sambo

It took year and some doing, but former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Sunday moved a step closer to his ambition to govern Nigeria as he emerged the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP for the 2019 presidential election.

Abubakar won the poll with 1532 votes out of the total 3221 votes cast by 36 states and FCT.

The result was announced by Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, Chairman PDP 2018 Special National Convention Planning Committee, at the end of the party’s convention on Sunday in Port Harcourt.

In the results announced by Okowa, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal followed Atiku with 693 votes, while Sen. Bukola Saraki placed third with 317 votes.

Others include: Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso 158 votes; Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo 111 votes; Sule Lamido 96 votes and Ahmed Makarfi 74 votes.

The rest are: Tanimu Turaki 65 votes; Attahiru Bafarawa 48 votes; Sen. David Mark 35 votes; Jonah Jang 19 votes; while Datti Ahmed got 5 votes.

The total votes cast were 3221, while delegates accredited were 3,274 and the voided votes stood at 68.

Atiku Abubakar was born on Nov. 25, 1946, in Jada, Adamawa. He was the vice-president of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), with Olusegun Obasanjo as President.

Abubakar worked with the Nigeria Customs Service for twenty years, rising to become the Deputy Director, the second highest position in the Service, then. He retired in April 1989 and took up full-time business and politics.

Abubakar contested for the APC presidenstial ticket in 2015 and came third behind Muhammadu Buhari and Rabiu Kwankwaso.

He recently defected to the PDP from the APC to enable him to realise his ambition to become the president of Nigeria.