2019 Elections: Atiku to slug it out with Buhari
Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President proved that you can never say never in politics by winning the ticket to run for the Presidency under the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP ) after losing in previous attempts with different parties and he was tagged a serial loser in the country.
Atiku will slug it out with Mohammadu Buhari, incumbent president in next year’s election after he scaled the hurdle of other challengers and pretenders to become the presidential candidate of the leading opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the presidential primary election held in Port-Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State in the South South oil rich region.
Atiku , an indigene of Adamawa state from North East, Nigeria polled 1,532 votes to defeat his closest rival, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, who polled 693 votes. 68 votes were voided. Victory was in the air for Atiku the moment his agent, Deuben Oniyan counted more than 700 votes to send jubilation into the camp of Atiku at the convention ground.
To the surprise of many Nigerians, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the senate president got 317 votes, while Rabiu Kwankwaso, the political gladiator from Kano state got158 votes. The youthful looking governor of Gombe state ,Ibrahim Dankwabo had 111 votes.
Other contestants like Sule Lamido got 96 votes. Ahmed Markafi had 74 votes. Saminu Turaki polled 65 votes Atahiru Bafarawa only had 48 votes. 35 delegates believed in Senator David Mark. Senator Jonah Jang had 19 Votes and the eloquent Datti Ahmed could only smile at the convention with 5 votes.
Meanwhile, the question on the lips of millions of Nigerians and political watchers all over the world is who will be the running mate of Atiku? and as a master stroke from the PDP, Atiku is likely to have his running mate come from the South West to penetrate and weaken the region that is considered a stronghold of APC, the ruling party, that equally have Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice President from the South West region as Nigerians look forward to a very dicey 2019 presidential election in February, 2019.