Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has won the the right to fly the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as it candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
Atiku who served as Vice President of Nigeria from 1999 till 2007 will look to actualise his his dream when he contest for the Presidential seat come 2019. He will however face a stiff challenge against the incumbent, President Mohammadu Buhari, who was also confirmed a few hours before Atiku as the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
However, the former Vice President’s journey to being a flag bearer was far from being a smooth ride. Realising that he would likely not have the opportunity to actualise his ambition, Atiku defected from the APC to the PDP.
After returning to his former party, he had to weather the storm of many challengers which includes individuals like Senate President Bukola Saraki, Sokoto governor Aminu Tambuwal and former Senate President, David Mark among others.
However, after the voting process and the collation of results that lasted well into the night, Atiku emerged victorious, securing, 26,584.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki who was also a top contender for the ticket came second with a vote total of, 14,578.
The rest are, Dakwambo- 1,994, Kwakwanso-1,715, Tambuwal-428, David Mark-249, Bafarawa- 220, Makarfi – 138, Turaki – 120, Datti Baba -82, Jona Jang -75