Former Vice president, Atiku Abubakar for the second time, is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for the 2023 general elections.
Atiku defeated Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike and Former president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki to clinch the ticket of the party.
Atiku scored 371 votes whole Wike and Saraki polled 237 and 70 votes respectively.
In his reaction, Atiku said: “Today, the march to rebuild and unite our great country moves forward.
“I am honoured to be named the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party. I look forward to speaking with Nigerians across the country, taking the message of hope and unity as we build one future for one people,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
In his acceptance speech, Atiku who described the process as free fair and credible said:
“Today, we are making another history, a history we believe will bring about fundamental changes in governance and political processes.
“Today marks another process to the march in the process to our democratic gains.”
Atiku promised to unify the country as a unifier, stressing that “the government of the All Progressives Congress, APC has divided the country across ethnic lines.
He went further to pledge to confront the security and economic challenges of Nigeria.
He called on his fellow contestants to work with him and commended them for the keen contest they provided. He appealed to all the aggrieved members to return to the party as efforts will be made to resolve all disputes.
He also thanked the electoral committee and the leadership of the PDP “who have worked day and night to ensure that this convention holds.”