"Buhari Deserves Your Votes" Zainab Ahmed, Udoma, Enang Tell Nigerians — APC Convention

Aaron Brown
October 8, 2018

Concise News had reported earlier that the former Vice President emerged victor of the party's presidential primary with 1,532 votes while his closest contender, Aminu Tambuwal, polled 693 votes.

On Sunday, delegates to a convention of the former ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nominated Abubakar, 71, as his challenger for next year's poll.

Atiku defeated other aspirants such as Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, among others.

Buhari, a 75-year-old former military ruler, was the sole candidate for his ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party, so his confirmation by some 7,000 delegates gathered in the capital Abuja was a mere formality on Saturday.

Ahmed, as well as Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, former Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes commission (EFCC) are contesting for the APC ticket along with incumbent governor Mohammed Bindow.

"Finally, on a personal note, I wouldn't have been standing where I am standing today if my former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo have not made me his vice-president".

"This is a victory for all of us".

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If the vote fails, it would deal a major blow to the nomination and throw the possibility of confirmation into serious doubt. Adding another potential issue into the timing, the Senate was previously scheduled to be out on Monday for Columbus Day.

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Some Nigerians have however criticised the choice of candidates by saying none of those mentioned deserves to fly the party's flag at the presidential race.

"Thank you for choosing me", Abubakar said on Twitter.

"I stand here on behalf of your governors to affirm that you have discharged your responsibility creditably".

The handling of the economy has already emerged as a major issue at the start of the election cycle in Africa's top oil producer, which also plays a key role in regional wars against Islamist insurgents.

Mr Abubakar is expected to be the main challenger to Mr Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Abubakar praised the conduct of the primary as the best since the enthronement of democracy in 1999.

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