Atiku Abubakar has emerged winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary election.
He received the highest number of votes in the exercise which held in Port Harcourt, Rivers state from Saturday to Sunday.
In the fiercely contested primaries which began at the Adokie Amasiemeka Stadium, the four-time Presidential Aspirant who polled over 1,000 votes trumped the other aspirants; Governor of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal who garnered a total of 693 votes, Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki with 317 votes and Former Kano Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso who polled 158 votes and to clinch victory at the party’s convention.
The other candidates recorded votes as follows: Ibrahim Dankwambo – 111 votes, Sule Lamido scored 96 votes; Ahmed Makarfi –74 votes; Taminu Turaki – 65 votes; Attahiru Bafarawa – 48 votes; David Mark– 35 votes; Jonah Jang- 19 votes; Datti-Baba Ahmed who scored 5 vote, while 68 votes were invalid.
Chairman of the Special Convention Committee, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, announced the result on Sunday in the election which saw over 3,000 delegates vote for the party’s flag bearer.
He had previously run for the seat in the race to the presidency in 1993 under the Social Democratic Party (SDP) where he came third in the primaries, in 2007 under the platform of the Action Congress (AC) coming 3rd in the general election, lost in 2011 to former President Goodluck Jonathan in the primaries, as well as in the 2015 primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) where he came 3rd.