PDP Primary: Dankwambo beats Atiku, Saraki, Kwankwaso

Atiku Abubakar

Other aspirants include Senate President Bukola Saraki polled 317 votes, immediate past Senate President, Senator David Mark 35 votes, Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo 111 votes, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal 693 votes.

The ex-vice president, who is from the northeastern state of Adamawa, in May told Reuters he would privatise parts of the state oil company and allow the naira currency to float to attract foreign investment if elected as head of state.

The online poll conducted by national newspaper, Daily Trust drew response from 17,925 respondents who were asked to respond to the question: "Who is the best candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)?".

Dickson also hailed Atiku, who he said has the requisite experience and knowledge to tackle the challenges bedevilling the country.

A top PDP source, which did not want to be named, confided in the Nigerian Tribune on Sunday that talks were already on to implement this initiative which had indeed been on the card well before the national convention.

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In his acceptance speech, Abubakar said he learnt a lot under Obasanjo when he served as his deputy from 1999 to 2007.

They also pledged to support whoever emerged as the party's flagbearer.

"I thank the Chairman of the Convention Planning Committee and Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa for putting in place a most transparent convention". We will all work for the Atiku-PDP ticket to succeed and contribute ideas into solving the problems confronting Nigeria today. "It's a victory for all of us".

The party led by Buhari, who is seen as an anti-corruption crusader in graft-tainted Nigeria, swept to power in 2015 with the first opposition victory at the ballot box in the country's history. "Once again sir, congratulations", said the Senate President.

He said, "The success of our presidential primary followed our strict adherence to democratic rules and principles of transparency and fairness, which have eluded the nation since President Muhammadu Buhari administration assumed office".

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