Former vp to launch third presidential bid after profitable Folks’s Democratic Paty main.
The primary opposition celebration in Nigeria has picked former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as its candidate for the 2023 presidential elections.
Vote counting began late on Saturday and Abubakar garnered 371 votes, defeating his nearest rival Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, governor of oil-producing Rivers state, who acquired 237 votes.
Abubakar, a Muslim and stalwart of the Folks’s Democratic Celebration (PDP), has made quite a few bids to seize the presidency of Africa’s most populous nation.
The 75-year-old misplaced to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 over the past election, which he claimed was rigged.
However Buhari won’t be on the poll subsequent yr when the second of his two four-year phrases involves an finish.
The PDP, which dominated Nigeria after navy rule led to 1999, was faraway from energy by Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) celebration in 2015.
In his acceptance speech, Abubakar reiterated his marketing campaign promise to finish insecurity within the nation and revive its fragile economic system, amongst different pledges, and promised to work together with his opponents.
“I due to this fact pledge that I’ll restore unity. I additionally dedicated that I used to be going to deal decisively with the safety scenario on this nation,” stated Abubakar.
Abubakar has stood in six primaries, and subsequent yr’s vote shall be his third presidential bid.
From 1999 to 2007, he was vp to Olusegun Obasanjo, the primary Nigerian chief after the top of a long time of navy rule.
Abubakar’s primary opponent shall be from the ruling APC celebration, which is able to select its candidate at a particular conference to be held June 6-8.
The APC postponed its presidential main from Sunday after the electoral fee prolonged the deadline for political events to decide on their candidates.
Twenty-five candidates from the APC have registered to participate within the primaries. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and former Lagos state governor and celebration heavyweight Bola Tinubu are seen because the ruling celebration’s frontrunners.
Buhari’s successor faces a number of challenges — together with insecurity marked by kidnappings for ransom within the northwest, an Islamist armed rebellion within the northeast, secessionist violence within the southeast, and a struggling economic system and excessive inflation.