For the sixth time, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has emerged as the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 presidential election.
Atiku emerged as the candidate of the PDP for the 2023 presidential election at a special national convention organized by the party on Saturday. He defeated Nyesom Wike, Bukola Saraki, Anyim Pius Anyim and several others to secure the ticket.
He scored 371 votes while Wike polled 237 votes. Saraki garnered 70 votes while Anyim Pius Anyim got 14 votes.
Bala Mohamed and Emmanuel Udom both scored 20 and 38 votes respectively.
The special national convention of the PDP was held at the Velodrome, located inside the M. K. O. Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
A total of 774 delegates were shortlisted for the primary election that produced Atiku as the candidate of PDP. However, only 767 delegates were screened.
A breakdown of votes received by the aspirants in the primary election showed that Atiku polled more votes from delegates than any other aspirant in the contest.
Atiku, who served as the Vice President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007 during the presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo, was the candidate of the PDP in the 2019 presidential election.
He, however, lost the presidential election of 2019 to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.
Earlier he contested the presidential ticket of the All-Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2015 presidential election but lost to Buhari.
Winning the PDP ticket for the 2023 presidential election would be Atiku’s 6th attempt to become the president of Nigeria.