Nigeria president to run for second term with party endorsement

Former vice president Atiku Abubakar will challenge incumbent Muhammadu Buhari for the Nigerian presidency early next year after winning the opposition Democratic Peoples Party primary, an AFP reporter at the vote said Sunday.

Other aspirants include Senate President Bukola Saraki polled 317 votes, immediate past Senate President, Senator David Mark 35 votes, Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo 111 votes, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal 693 votes.

While schemings are still ongoing to woo delegates, it was gathered that both Saraki and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, may have divided delegates from South-east among themselves.

Mr Abubakar was in 1998 elected Governor of Adamawa State.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has led other delegates of the host state out of the Adokiye Amesiemaka Stadium, venue of the National convention of PDP.

Bakare said Abubakar, just like Buhari, had the experience, the exposure and the acceptance expected of the country's president.

Mrs Ahmed made the remark on Sunday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the All Progressive Congress (APC) National Presidential Convention in Abuja.

Bakare said for the PDP to win the 2019 elections, they would need to demonstrate to the electorate that they were a regenerated party and "show repentance for the years of the locust they engineered".

Dickson described the primaries that produced Atiku as the freest and best election ever conducted in the history of the country.

It is not a one man's job, it is one of collective responsibly, he added.

Barring any surprise, the candidate will come from the Muslim-majority north, following an unwritten rule in Nigeria that the presidency should alternate every two terms between a candidate from the north and south.

"We invite the whole world to note that the PDP conducted its presidential primary and a clear victor, Atiku Abubakar, emerged, without any form of disagreements or reliance on heavy security".

  • Rogelio Becker