Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and chairman of the PDP national convention, has announced the results of the first keenly contested primaries in decades in Port Harcourt. He declared former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar as winner with 1,532 votes out of the over 3,500 accredited voters.
Atiku thus emerged the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election.
After the counting of votes, the Delta State Governor announced Aiku’s closest rival and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, to have polled a total of 693 votes.
Okowa announced that Senate President, Bukola Saraki, polled a total of 317 votes while the former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, scored a total of 158 votes.
He further announced that Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo got 111 votes; former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, got 96 votes and former Kaduna State Governor, Ahmed Markarfi, got a total of 74 votes.
According to Okowa, a Senior. Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Kabiru Turaki, got a total of 65 votes, former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, polled a total of 48 votes and former Senate President, David Mark got 35 votes.
Also, former Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang got 19 votes while founder of Baze University, Abuja, Datti Baba-Ahmed got five votes. A total of 68 votes were voided.
How Atiku won (by Lekan Ige)
Give it to Atiku, he knows the game. He waited, laid low and plotted the graph. Of all the presidential candidates, Atiku is the one that knows the name of every state chairman and their contacts.
He had a robust campaign team and they worked hard.
The team campaigned behind the lines and the Intel Camp along Eastern Bypass, Port Harcourt served as situation monitoring unit.
His camp called practically every governor and all National Assembly members, including fellow candidates. They were willing to bargain and concede where necessary.
From my inside sources, Atiku won convincingly in North East, did very well in North West, North Central and took majority of the votes from South West.
Now the shocker: Atiku successfully penetrated the South East, especially delegates from Abia; Anambra and Imo, which had no PDP governor.
Atiku also got votes from Bayelsa, Edo and Cross River.
Majority of Tambuwal votes came from Rivers, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Sokoto, Zamfara, Benue, Taraba, Enugu, Kebbi.