Atiku defeats Wike, Saraki, and others to win the PDP presidential ticket.


Atiku defeats Wike, Saraki, and others to win the PDP presidential ticket.
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has won the Peoples Democratic Party's (PDP) presidential nomination for the 2023 general election.

Atiku received 371 votes in the election held on Saturday at MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State came in second with 237 votes, followed by former Senate President Bukola Saraki with 70.

Governors of Akwa Ibom and Bauchi, Udom Emmanuel and Bala Mohammed, received 38 and 20 votes, respectively.

Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation Anyim Pius Anyim received 14 votes. Diana Oliver and Samuel Ohuabumwa each received one vote, while the exercise resulted in the cancellation of 12 votes.

In response to his triumph, Atiku pledged to strive for the country's development if elected president.

He described his election as the presidential candidate of Nigeria's opposition party as an honour.

"Today, our wonderful country's rebuilding and unification march continues. I am honoured to be the Peoples Democratic Party's presidential candidate. "I am looking forward to engaging with Nigerians all around the country and spreading the message of optimism and togetherness as we work together to build a better future for one people," he added.

Atiku was the PDP's presidential contender in the 2019 elections, which President Muhammadu Buhari won.

When the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) names its candidate for the 2023 elections next week, his primary opponent will be revealed.


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