Atiku pledges unity, security after winning PDP presidential primary election
Former Nigeria’s vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, has emerged Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate for the 2023 election.
He won with a total vote of 371 votes.
Atiku polled 371 out of the 767 accredited votes to defeat his closest rival, Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, who polled 237 votes.
Former Senate president, Bukola Saraki, came third with 70 votes.
Former secretary to the government of the federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, scored 14 votes; Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed got 20 votes; and Udom Emmanuel 38 votes.
Dele Momodu, Ayo Fayose, Charles Ugwu, and Chikwendu Kalu scored zero votes each, while Tarella Diana and Sam Ohuabunwa received one vote each.
Atiku, in his acceptance speech, pledged to make security and the unity of Nigerians his topmost priority when elected president in 2023.
He appealed to PDP members to come together in the interest of the party and Nigerians who have placed their hopes on the PDP.
He said: “Today history has been made. The History which we believe will bring about fundamental changes in our electoral system.
“Today, we witnessed one of the freest election in the history of our great party.”
Atiku expressed gratitude to PDP members and Nigerians, following his emergence as the presidential candidate of the party.
He said in a tweet shortly after he was declared winner of the primary, “Today, the battle to rebuild and unite our great country moves forward.
I’m honoured to be named the @OfficialPDPNig candidate.”
He added, “I look forward to speaking with Nigerians across the country, taking the message of hope and unity as we build one future for one people. – AA #OneNigeria.”
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