Atiku Abubakar takes the baton for PDP to 2019.
The coast is now clear for the former Vice president Atiku Abubakar, as the flag bearer of People Democratic Party, PDP in the forth-coming general election in February 2019. He will face other presidential party flag bearers including the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari who seeks re-election. President Muhammadu Buhari also sailed through as unopposed candidate from All Progressive Congress APC presidential primaries. He got 14, 842,072 votes resulted from direct primary adopted by All Progressive Congress APC.
Exiting APC paid off for Atiku.
Atiku Abubakar decamped from All Progressives Congress APC in November 2017 to rejoin the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Although Atiku Abubakar had been oscillating between the conservative party PDP and the progressive party APC. The 71 years old, Atiku Abubakar has been running for President since 1993. Atiku came third behind Babagana Kingibe and MKO Abiola in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) presidential primaries of 1992. In 1998, the people of Adamawa State elected Atiku Abubakar as Governor of Adamawa State but Olusegun Obasanjo later picked him as running mate and was elected as vice president of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007.
PDP Primary results.
He was voted as PDP presidential flag bearer at the convention with 1,532 votes to beat his closest rival, Sokoto Governor, Aminu Tambuwal who had 693 votes and the Senate President Bukola Saraki who got 317 votes between Saturday, October 6, 2018 in Port Harcourt, Rivers state and Sunday, October 7, 2018.
General Election in 2019 is now more scary than ever.
Prior to 2015 general election, the whole world was very scared that Nigeria would seize to exist but thank God for Goodluck Jonathan for proving them wrong. Now, Nigeria is at it again with a higher risk between people of the same temperaments. These two political giants are not likely to bow easily for each other. When two elephant fight, they say the ground will suffer. I hope the masses of Nigeria will not be more divided or turn apart further. The wound of 2015 general election is still with us today in spite of peaceful hand over of former President Goodluck Jonathan.