Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has emerged the winner of the keenly contested presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (APC).
Atiku who was PDP’s presidential flag-bearer in 2019 scored 371 votes to beat the Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike to second place with 237 votes. Immediate past Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki came a distant third with 70 votes. Another former President of the Senate Anyim Pius Anyim recorded 14 votes, this is while the Bauchi State governor Sen. Bala Mohammed scored 20 votes and the Akwa-Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel had 38 votes, this is while foremost Industrialist, Sam Ohuabunwa scored only one vote.
Counting lasted for close to an hour as voting was done in timely version after the aspirants has earlier taken turns to pitch their candidature. Counting and sorting of the votes was supervised by Gov. Diri Douye of Bayelsa State.
Former Senate President and chairman of the PDP special convention committee, Sen. David Mark upon receiving the counted votes announced Atiku as the winner. Mark has earlier announced the votes of other aspirants.
The countdown to the PDP presidential primary held at the MKO stadium Abuja was bugged by rumors of delegates being induced with large sums of money.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has explained that its operatives stormed the ongoing presidential primary elections of the major opposition political party, the Peoples Democratic Party at the Moshood Kashimawo Abiola National Stadium in Abuja over talk of the sharing of money to delegates for their votes.
Sunday Punch quotes the anti-graft agency’s Public Relations Officer, Wilson Uwujaren, as saying: “Our operatives are at the ongoing PDP presidential primary elections at the MKO Abiola Stadium to monitor the exercise, and most especially, to check delegates inducement and other financial malpractices”.
Recall that the EFCC stormed the venue of the ongoing PDP’s presidential primary elections in Abuja following
reports of alleged vote buying and bribing of delegates at the event.