(By Iheanyi Ezinwo)- Former Nigerian Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has won the presidential primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which was conducted in Port Harcourt over the weekend, and now has a life time opportunity to fulfill his aspiration to become president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Adamawa born politician came tops in the election with 1532 votes. Other contestants in the rancor free primaries were Senator Jonah Jang (19 votes), Dr. Datti Ahmed (5 votes), Dr. Tanimu Turaki (65 votes), Senator David Mark (35 votes), Dr Sule Lamido (96 votes), Dr. Attahiru Bafarawa (48), Senator Ahmed Makarfi (74), Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso (158), Senator Bukolo Saraki (317) while Governor Waziri Tambuwal had 693 votes.
To underscore the unity of purpose among the contestants, they had, before voting commenced at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium, pledged to abide by the outcome of the primaries and also support whoever emerges among the twelve contestants to enable the PDP return to power at the centre in 2019. They had also individually and severally lamented the parlous state of Nigerian economy and vowed to effect change in leadership of the country which is presently in the hands of the All Progressive Congress.
Meanwhile, the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as presidential candidate of the PDP is being celebrated all over the country. Nigerians who spoke to Notable Outcome say they cannot wait to vote for him in 2019.According to them, the PDP candidate’s plan to restructure Nigeria in order to free the creative potentials of the citizens and regions; his commitment to employment creation and inclusive administration.
There is widespread complaints across Nigerian against Buhari’s selective fight against corruption, nepotism, disregard for rule of law and poor management of the economy leading to increasing levels of unemployment.
It is therefore against this background that many Nigerians are enthusiastic that Federal Government under Atiku Abubakar revive the shrinking economy and stop the unprecedented killings and in parts of the country in the last four years.
Addressing the delegates before the election, Atiku had hinted that he has the experience and capacity to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari, and go ahead to fulfill the legitimate expectations of the citizens. His emergence, according to many Nigerians is therefore prayer answered, and there are predictions that his emergence will provoke another round of defections from the ruling All Progressives Congress because of his democratic credentials and commitment to unite the country that has been unusually polarized under the APC.
They see Atiku Abubakar as a patriot and business man, who knows the challenges facing Nigeria’s development and has the sagacity to give every citizen a sense of belong irrespective of religion or tribe.