How Atiku Abubakar emerged PDP presidential candidate

Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo. File

Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo. File

Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe has defeated by a landslide other presidential contenders in the People's Democratic Party, in an online poll.

The reason for the meetings is due to the controversies that have trailed the party's governorship and senatorial primaries in some states such as Zamfara, Ondo, Kaduna and Ogun. I commend the party leadership and the Convention Planning Committee for giving us one of the best primary elections in Nigeria's history.

While still Governor-Elect he was selected by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate Olusegun Obasanjo as his running mate.

Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar attends an interview with Reuters in Abuja, Nigeria May 11, 2018.

26,584 people made Atiku their candidate.

He has long enjoyed support from the business elite in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos for his conservative-capitalist ideals and, as vice president in a PDP administration from 1999-2007, implemented a programme of liberalisation in areas including the telecoms sector.

"I am moved by the outcome of the convention and I promise you, I will not fail you".

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Speaking on behalf of all the aspirants, Saraki said they all resolved to work with the former vice president to ensure that the PDP reclaimed power next year. "On behalf of all of us, we congratulate you".

The PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan said the peaceful and transparent conduct of its presidential nomination is a lesson to INEC and the ruling party.

We always knew from Day 1 that only one candidate would emerge.

PoliticsNGR earlier reported that the Governors under the party had earlier met with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Political analysts have already dubbed the emergence of the two formidable candidates as standard bearers of the two mega parties as battle of political Titans. "Once again sir, congratulations", said the Senate President.

Both Saraki and Dogara had initially defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) until their recent return to the PDP.

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