Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar attends an interview with Reuters in Abuja Nigeria
08 October, 2018, 10:35
He beat Aminu Tambuwal and Senate President Bukola Saraki, who scored 693 and 317 votes, respectively.
The reason for the meetings is due to the controversies that have trailed the party's governorship and senatorial primaries in some states such as Zamfara, Ondo, Kaduna and Ogun.
Governor Okowa in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu in Asaba, expressed optimism that having won the party's ticket, the former vice president would leverage on his track record as an entrepreneur and great employer of labour to grow the nation's economy. We will not lose the momentum but sustain it to rebuild Nigeria and elect Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the next President of Nigeria.
Dickson also hailed Atiku, who he said has the requisite experience and knowledge to tackle the challenges bedevilling the country.
The Senate President said "Our just concluded convention was a partisan event which the country can show-case as an example that democracy has a future in Nigeria and that when we are determined we can elect our leaders without any manipulation, intimidation and violation of the law and democratic norms". "On behalf of all of us, we congratulate you".
Speaking at the PDP Convention, Saraki described the primary election as free and fair, while commending the National working committee of a peaceful exercise.
We always knew from Day 1 that only one candidate would emerge.
I also thank the well-deserved presidential candidate of our party.
Political parties had until Sunday to select their candidates.
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