Atiku Abubakar, Nigeria’s vice president between 1999 and 2007, has been elected the presidential candidate of PDP (Peoples Democratic Party), Premium Times reports.
At a PDP national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, held Saturday and Sunday, Mr Abubakar defeated 11 other aspirants to clinch the hotly-contested ticket. His victory sets him as the main challenger to President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general election.
The ruling All Progressives Congress confirmed Mr Buhari as its candidate at a non-competitive convention in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Saturday.
No surprises there: I predicted that in December 2017 when he returned to PDP.
I expect Atiku to be the flag bearer for PDP presidential ticket unless PDP orchestrates a big party meager with new heavyweights. PDP is largely poor and the person that can fund it will likely determine the fate of the presidential ticket. The same thing happened in APC two years ago when Senator Bola Tinubu made the calls. Atiku is going to run the treasury of PDP and take over the party. Most of those politicians have no core: it is a money-career.
No credible PDP (presidential) contestant will come from the Southwest (had its turn), South South (too soon) and South East (waiting for 2023), so PDP is likely going to field someone from the Northern part of the country. They have their man in Atiku, no matter how defective he may be.
I have noted that Buhari would be a big force and could easily win but if Atiku chooses a solid competent running mate, PDP will win. Together with Atiku, they need to revert to these generation-shaping policies for the nation.
Pillar 1 – Anti-Corruption & Business Reform: We will build a corruption-free nation where it would be extremely impossible to perpetuate corruption because technology will make things obviously transparent. All government systems must be structured to be corruption-resilient so that people that want to perpetuate corruption will fail. We will publish any government expense that is more than N10 million in a web diary which all citizens will have access to. This applies to all levels in the federal government, from ministries to agencies. For national security reasons, a segment will be available to the civil society and accredited press team. Our government will improve business systems and make doing business in our nation easier.
Atiku vs. Buhari – game set.
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