Jonathan, other Nigerians react to Atiku's emergence as PDP candidate

Atiku Abubakar

Also in the race for the PDP presidential ticket are former Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa; founder of Baze University, Abuja, Datti Baba-Ahmed; former Kaduna State Governor, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and former Plateau State Governor, Senator Jonah Jang.

Abubakar garnered 1,532 votes, trouncing his closest rival Aminu Tambuwal, the governor of northern Sokoto state who scored 693 votes.

Abubakar hopes to replicate Buhari's 2015 feat of winning a presidential election at the fourth attempt after he left the ruling APC party in November and re-joined the PDP a month later.

Atiku emerged as the candidate of the PDP after defeating 11 other aspirants at the party's convention in Rivers state.

In his acceptance speech, Abubakar said he learnt a lot under Obasanjo when he served as his deputy from 1999 to 2007. I give kudos to them. This is a very rare event; my fellow compatriots have really shown that the interest of the party and that of the people of this country is paramount and more important than our individual interest. "I urge them and the party faithful to continue to work together for the party's victory in the 2019 general elections".

"I can not do it alone, I need your support, your assistance, I need your understanding and I need your participation. The task to get Nigeria working again starts now", Abubakar said in a tweet. While still governor-elect, he was selected by PDP presidential candidate Olusegun Obasanjo, as his running mate.

"The credit goes to the leadership of our party led by Prince Uche Secondus, the organizing committee led by Governor Okowa, the numerous delegates who came from across the country and conducted themselves in a civil, mature and democratic manner".



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