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  1. The Senate President and Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Dr. Bukola Saraki has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s “purported victory” in the February 23 presidential election would be short-lived. Speaking at the opening session of the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Wednesday in Abuja, Saraki said the PDP must defeat Buhari at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal. “First of all, the true reflection of the presidential election showed the kind of character that the PDP has. I think that is something that we should build on. “My own appeal to everybody is to say this victory that the other party has seen is going to be short-lived. We have a great future ahead and I believe we will start that on Saturday, to make sure that we defend those five states that are declared inconclusive. “If anybody believes that it is a loss to PDP, it is a loss to the country that history will not forgive. We said it many times here, that the worst to do is to do an election that as a country Nigeria will not be proud of. “We have done an election that no doubt anybody and even those that think they have won are ashamed of the kind of election that we did. “I think it is a shame to the country and to those that were given that responsibility to do. “We are setting a bad example, not only in Nigeria, but in the continent when we bring militarisation into our election,” Saraki said.
  2. Supplementary Polls: Nigerians Will Treat APC Thugs In Military Uniforms as Fake Soldiers - PDP … Says APC Depending on Vote-Buying, Ballot Snatching The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cautions that Nigerians will treat All Progressives Congress (APC) thugs dressed in military uniform to assist it to rig the March 23 supplementary elections, as fake soldiers. PDP’s position is predicated on claims by the Federal Government that the soldiers who unleashed violence and helped the APC to rig the February 23 Presidential election were fake. The party said it is ready to confront, resist and dismantle all rigging machinery of the APC and consolidate on its already established victory in the March 23 Supplementary Governorship elections. Our structure and followership in Sokoto, Kano, Adamawa, Plateau, Bauchi and Benue states have been fully rallied at all levels of polling and collation process to resist any attempt by anybody to manipulate for the APC. It is instructive to state that the PDP already has full information of how the APC is moving huge sums of money in the attempt to bribe officials of INEC to manipulate the electoral process. This is in addition to reports of how the APC has been sending its agents to promise money to voters and how such overtures are being rejected by the voters. The PDP also has full details of how APC has sent network jammers to the states where supplementary elections are scheduled to hold as well as how they have paid thugs to cause confusion on the day of election and snatch ballot boxes, having realized that it has no chance in the supplementary polls. The PDP wants the APC and its candidates to note that their ignoble schemes are already known and that our party is standing shoulder to shoulder with the people of these states to defend our votes. In this regard, all our agents, members and supporters have been equipped to closely monitor all the electoral processes, from the accreditation of voters, voting and collation of results, ensure that all results delivered at the polling units be immediately posted on INEC website and use all legitimate means to firmly resist any attempt by the APC to alter the results. The PDP cautions those engaged by the APC to cause confusion and snatch ballot boxes to steer clear of the processes, as they will be doing so at their own peril. The party therefore charges Nigerians in the constituencies where supplementary elections have been scheduled to come out en-masse to vote and use all legitimate means to defend their votes to the very end. Signed: Kola Ologbondiyan National Publicity Secretary And Director, Media & Publicity PDP Presidential Campaign Organization
  3. Our attention has been drawn to a fake story published by an unknown website alleging that former President Dr Goodluck Jonathan has quit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Obviously, this is a fabrications born out of mischief as the publishers of the fake story claimed that the former President made the statement while being interviewed by Nigeria News Agency, (NNA). There is absolutely no way the former President could have spoken to a non-existent news agency, as none in the country goes by that name. For the avoidance of doubt, Dr. Jonathan has no reason at this time to resign his membership of PDP, the party under which platform he became Deputy Governor, Governor, Vice President and President. Those who derive pleasure in spreading fakeand information had better occupy themselves with more productive endeavours that are obviously more relevant to nation building. Ikechukwu Eze Media Adviser to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR
  4. 1. “The 2nd respondent (Buhari) was not duly elected by the majority of lawful votes cast at the election. 2. “The election of the 2nd respondent is invalid by reason of corrupt practices. 3. “The election of the 2nd Respondent is invalid by reason of non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended). 4. “The 2nd respondent was at the time of the election not qualified to contest the said election. 5. “The 2nd respondent submitted to the 1st Respondent an affidavit containing false information of a fundamental nature in aid of his qualification for the said election.”
  5. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army has concluded plans to disrupt the March 9, 2019 Governorship and State Assembly elections in the state. Governor Wike said that the 6 Division has mapped out local government areas where they will initiate violence to ensure that elections are not conducted like they did during the Presidential and National Assembly elections. Addressing journalists in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said: "They are plotting to cause crisis, so that the Governorship and State Assembly will be cancelled. "That is what the 6 Division is planning". He said despite the militarization of the elections, there are areas that some political parties cannot win because they are the strongholds of the PDP. "Did APC win the Presidential election in Rivers State? It doesn't matter what they do, they will not win. "There are areas that are no go areas. You don't kill people simply because you want to win. Look at how they shed innocent blood because they want to get 25percent or they want to satisfy the ego of one or two individuals ", he said. Governor Wike said that the PDP in Rivers State is prepared for the elections . He said the party campaigned and interfaced with Rivers people. "We have been prepared for these elections. There is no party that campaigned the way we did. Nobody is more prepared for the elections ", he said. He added: "You cannot change the will of the people. It is difficult ". Governor Wike has revived Rivers State through massive infrastructural projects, empowerment and economic development programmes. Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media .
  6. Sani Shinkafi, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Zamfara state, has ejected all the displaced persons in his houses for voting for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Saturday’s elections. Zamfara is one of the states where President Muhammadu Buhari had a good outing in the election. At a news conference in Gusau, the state capital, on Wednesday, Shinkafi explained that he took the action because he expected the IDPs to vote out a government that “could not provide for them or guarantee their security”. “I have asked all the IDPs residing in my Shinkafi houses to immediately pack out because they are not serious in life,” he said. “These are people who had to leave their villages due to insecurity caused by a government that could not provide such basic necessity to them, yet they went and sold their votes at the last elections trying to bring back the same gang.” He said in spite of earlier advice to the displaced persons “to vote out those who failed them in the past years”, they did the exact opposite. He claimed that the IDPS allowed themselves to be bought over during the election by “the people who failed them.”
  7. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, the winner of the presidential election held on the 23rd of February, 2019. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakub, in the early hours of Wednesday, announced the final results, with the All Progressives Congress candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, and his counterpart from the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, leading the figures. While Buhari, who is also the incumbent president, scored 15, 191, 847 votes to win the race, Atiku came second with 11, 262, 978 votes. Declaring the winner, Yakub said, “That Muhammadu Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress, having satisfied the requirements of the law, and having acquired the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner, and is return elected.”
  8. Democracy Will Not Be Emasculated in Nigeria, By Atiku Abubakar I thank the Nigerian people who trooped out in their millions to perform their civic duty this past Saturday. The patriotism of Nigerians is heartwarming and affirms my oft-repeated statement that we are brothers and sisters born from the womb of one mother Nigeria. With regards to the Presidential elections that took place on February 23, 2019, it is clear that there were manifest and premeditated malpractices in many states which negate the results announced. One obvious red flag is the statistical impossibility of states ravaged by the war on terror generating much higher voter turnouts than peaceful states. The suppressed votes in my strongholds are so apparent and amateurish, that I am ashamed as a Nigerian that such could be allowed to happen. How can total votes in Akwa-Ibom, for instance, be 50% less than what they were in 2015? Another glaring anomaly is the disruption of voting in strongholds of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers and diverse other states, with the authorities doing little or nothing and in some cases facilitating these unfortunate situations. (See attached links to documentary evidences). The militarization of the electoral process is a disservice to our democracy and a throwback to the jackboot era of military dictatorship. In some areas of the country, such as, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Imo states, troops deployed for the elections turned their guns on the very citizens they were meant to protect. This is condemnable and should not be associated with our electoral process in the future. I am a democrat and there are democratic avenues available to present the truth to the nation and the watching world. Already, many international observers have given their verdicts, which corroborate our observations. I am sure more will come in the coming hours and days. If I had lost in a free and fair election, I would have called the victor within seconds of my being aware of his victory to offer not just my congratulations, but my services to help unite Nigeria by being a bridge between the North and the South. However, in my democratic struggles for the past three decades, I have never seen our democracy so debased as it was on Saturday, February 23, 2019. 2007 was a challenge, but President Yar’Adua was remorseful. In 2019, it is sad to see those who trampled on democracy thumping their noses down on the Nigerian people. Consequently, I hereby reject the result of the February 23, 2019 sham election and will be challenging it in court. I want to assure my supporters and the entire Nigerian people that together, we will not allow democracy to be emasculated. I hope and pray Nigerians will someday summon the courage to defend democracy. That is the only way we can move away from being the world headquarters for extreme poverty. Signed: Waziri Atiku Abubakar 27th February 2019
  9. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected results of the presidential elections being announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Uche Secondus, PDP national chairman, said the results being announced are “incorrect and unacceptable” to the party. He said this at an ongoing press conference in Abuja. The PDP national chairman said the party has discovered “irregularities” in results so far announced from Nasarawa state and the FCT. He alleged that the current administration “colluded” with INEC and security agencies to manipulate results from polling units across the country. “Our collation centres have the original results from all the polling units in the country. That is from where are going to reclaim our results,” he said. “The results are incorrect and unacceptable to our party. Officials of the APC working with INEC have decided to alter results to affect our people. This must now be resisted by every well-meaning Nigerian. “INEC must live up to its responsibility. They are under pressure. We have the facts and when the time comes, we begin to release them.” Secondus added the PDP will update Nigerians “as time goes on” regarding their decisions in other states yet to be announced. More to follow…
  10. The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has lost the Kwara Central Senatorial District election to Ibrahim Oloriegbe of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The Returning Officer, Professor Olawale Olatunbosun, announced this on Sunday shortly after collating the results of the election in the zone. According to him, Oloriegbe polled a total of 123,808 votes to defeat Senator Saraki of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 68,994 votes. A breakdown of the results of the elections conducted revealed that the Senator-elect defeated the Senate President in all four local government areas in Kwara Central senatorial district. The lawmaker’s loss in the election has cost him and his party a seat in the ninth Assembly, after Saraki’s tenure as Senate President ends. However, the PDP got a consolation with the victory of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, in Bauchi State.
  11. **JUST IN** Buba Galadima Arrested by Buhari’s Govt. - Family Announced.
  12. Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says President Muhammadu Buhari is more of a power monger than a Democrat. He said military commanders do not have to obey the president in carrying out orders that are inconsistent with the law of the land. Atiku said Buhari just put on the garb of a Democrat so he could return to power, but remains a general. Speaking at the 84th emergency meeting of the PDP national executive council, Atiku said Buhari was not involved in the struggle for democracy in Nigeria. “I want to direct this message to our military commanders and officers. You know that the military commanders and officers are not bound to execute orders that are manifestly unlawful,” Atiku said. “This is the law, this is the tradition in the military; so if you are a professional military officer and soldier and also a policeman, you are not bound to execute an order that is manifestly unlawful, no matter who issues that order.” On Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari said he has ordered the military and the police to be ruthless, warning that anyone who snatches ballot box will pay with his life. Sagir Musa, the army spokesman, told 9jaonline that the army’s involvement starts and ends with the provision of a peaceful and secure environment for the conduct of the elections. “Our actions are guided by the extant rules of engagement and code of conduct. The constitution of Nigeria is the grundnorm guiding all our actions,” he said. Elections are due for February 23, 2019 and March 9, 2019.
  13. Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says threatening people with death in the context of election is an incitement to electoral violence. Atiku was reacting to a statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari that ballot-snatchers will pay with their lives. In a statement on Monday, Phrank Shaibu, aide to Abubakar, quoted his principal as saying Buhari’s comment is an offence going by the electoral act and that the retired general is only showing his true colours. The presidential candidate said the president has “complete” disregard for the country’s laws. “We were shocked to hear General Buhari live on national television threatening to kill people for an offence where no such proscription exists under law. The last time we looked the death-penalty was not a sanction of the 2010 election act,” he said. “In fact, threatening people with death in the context of an election is incitement to electoral violence, which is an offence under that act. “Once again General Buhari is showing his true colours and complete disregard for our constitution and the laws of this country. He is getting confused with when he was President under military rule. “His fig leaf of being a ‘reformed democrat’ has been blown away by this latest statement leaving his democratic credentials as naked as the day he was born.” Abubakar said he would establish Electoral Fraud Commission (EFC) to check malpractices during polls. “I have always been a democrat and defender of our laws and constitution,” he said. “So rather than make up new penalties on the spot in a press conference, our plans to establish the EFC by using the framework of the 2002 establishing act of the EFCC have been well researched so that we can introduce this new entity within days of assuming office. “Likewise, we do not believe in the principle of retrospective legislation so it will be empowered to investigate and prosecute electoral malpractice based on the 2010 Electoral Act. Any person considering conducting electoral malpractice, inciting violence or the illegal arrest of political opponents should be put on notice that my administration on entering office will apply the full force of the law on them. “We do not believe that one illegal act deserves another so a PDP government will always operate within the framework of our legal structures and laws.” While warning against the use of the military for “mundane” matters, he said the over-exposure of the military in a democracy has its inherent dangers.
  14. A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party , Alhaji Buba Galadima, has claimed that Nigeria recently experienced economic recession because President Muhammadu Buhari ’ s body language and pronouncements scared foreign investors away , He also said the presidential candidate of the PDP , Alhaji Atiku Abubakar , had the capacity to fix the nation’ s economy and rescue it from recession . He said, “I do not accept the defence of this administration that we found ourselves in recession because somebody else mismanaged the economy. “The truth is that , by his body language and pronouncements, Buhari scared foreign investors who began to withdraw their money from the stock market. “They were so much in a hurry to leave that they were ready to buy the dollar at any price. That is what caused the recession . “Because of that , insecurity has spread to many other parts of Nigeria, including Zamfara , Plateau , Benue , Taraba and all the way to Kogi where people cannot sleep with their two eyes closed.” Galadima, who is one of the spokespersons in the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, stated these in Abuja on Friday during the unveiling of a new book entitled : “Atikunomics – The Economic Pillar for a New Nigeria ”, written by a journalist , Victor Emeruwa. He described the book as a window into the thinking of how Atiku would achieve reformation and restructuring of the country. According to him , the book will give Nigerians an insight into Atiku ’ s economical thinking and how he will pull Nigeria out of its present economic and developmental crises. Galadima added , “There was a time when robbers used to steal cars , then we brought technology and we were able to track the movement of the cars . You will agree with me that such methods of robbery has greatly reduced because of the deployment of technology. “This is the same way Atiku is going to use knowledge and technology to take Nigeria out of recession because the people there have no idea about how to run a modern economy and they did not find it expedient to appoint any known economic adviser .” Emeruwa said he was motivated to write the book to tell Nigerians how the economy was restructured during the regional governments and how Nigeria could return to the glory days through a genuine economic restructuring. He said the present government’ s economic policy has failed the country, adding that there had never been any time in the history of the country when Nigeria’ s economy was among the top three in Africa. Copyright PUNCH .
  15. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, Friday night, stated that the Managing Director of Activate Technologies Limited, Mohammed Sani Musa, whose company supplied the machines used in printing the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Niger East Senatorial district for Saturday’s poll. In a statement Friday night by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Atiku stated that the revelation was a result of its extensive intelligence gathering network to identify and prevent the ruling party’s brazen and ultimately failed attempts to rig the results. “It is public knowledge that Sani Musa, popularly known as Sani 313 is a card carrying member of the APC and a close associate of several stalwarts of the party, including President Muhammadu Buhari who apparently pushed his nomination”, the statement reads. “But shockingly, the APC Senatorial candidate for Zone B of Niger State, Mr. Mohammed Musa, has a contract with INEC to supply key voting materials in an election he is participating in, which is a clear conflict of interest and raises questions of probity and oversight in the issuing of INEC contracts. “The INEC contract was to ‘upgrade’ the card readers and to print PVC cards. Further investigations have shown that the ‘upgrade’ consisted of pre-programming the card readers to accept fake replica PVCs (copies of genuine PVCs) that the firm printed in Nigeria. These two activities were undertaken so that the APC could boost its vote tally in its strongholds or force votes in Polling Units at PDP strongholds to be null and void by over-voting . “Our investigation also identified the seven States where this activity was due to take place and we have therefore informed the Observer Community and our own extensive network of over 176,000 Party Agents so that they can forestall this activity by checking cards as allowed under INEC guidelines. “Given that that Mr. Musa’s previous company, Act Technologies, had a contract to supply and install PVC card printers in the INEC Headquarters, it does beg the question why Mr Musa’s new company, Activate Technologies, was given a subsequent contract to print PVC cards itself? “Other investigations have revealed that an employee and Director of Activate Technologies and an APC member, Mr. Mohammed Keffi, was filmed at Abuja Airport Domestic Departure Lounge on 29th December opening an official INEC envelope and then handling multiple ballot forms which he was checking off against his mobile phone. “Sources also confirmed that this person was one of the people who was loading the fake card numbers into the ‘upgraded’ card readers in the Residence of the former Governor of Akwa Ibom, as well as other ‘Card Reader Farms’ in Abuja and Kano. These ‘farms’ are under guard by members of Government Security agencies.” Atiku said while Alhaji Sani Musa has the right to hold any public office in spite of his line of business, it is morally unjustifiable to allow a well-known supplier of sensitive INEC materials to partake in an election in which the key materials to be used for the poll were supplied by him. “A search at the Corporate Affairs Commission showed that most of the directors in Act Technologies are the same as those in Activate Technologies. The directors of Activate Technologies except Musa (now APC candidate) include: Abubakar Musa, Kabiru Abdullahi Bawa, Suleiman Danladi, Akinsuyi Akin Najeem. Activate Technologies located on Ganges Street, Maitama, learnt that is shares the same address as Act Technologies.” He lamented that Activate Technologies was given contracts by INEC to supply PVCs for the 2019 general elections in spite of the fact that the owner of the firm is a candidate in tomorrow’s poll. “A copy of one of many such contracts with reference number INEC/HQ/PROC/ICT/S106/1 dated October 4, 2017 and signed by the Secretary to INEC, Augusta Ogakwu, stated that the firm would need to print 112, 218 PVCs, ” Atiku said. “Mr Musa had attempted to hide his ownership via proxy shareholders who have been revealed as members of his own family. However his position as Founder and MD of Activate Technology Limited was clumsily exposed to the world via his Linked-in page where he bragged about his firm to secure more business for it. “Our candidate and the Party has conducted extensive research into what the APC will be attempting to do to shore up their collapsed vote share in these elections having studied what we call the “Osun Playbook”. We have been able to implement extensive preventative measures to pre-empt their plans. “So the Nigerian public can go out and vote confident in the knowledge that their vote will count. Our candidate has said on record that “even if you do not vote for me, please go out and vote as this election is not about me, it is about Nigeria and your future”, the statement added.
  16. A young slay queen who is supporting the candidates of the PDP - Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi have flaunted her Bosom s in support of them. A Facebook lady identified as Warri Rebel has taken to the platform to declare her support for Abubakar Atiku and Obi Peter by displaying her bosom for the #AtikuObi2019 movement. The Nigerian lady who dedicated her bosom to the #AtikuObi2019 movement added that this is to ensure that Buhari goes back to Daura in the 2019 election taking place on February 16th. She wrote; Quote "I hereby dedicate my Bosom s to the #atikuobi2019 movement. #Buharimustgobacktoduarafromwhencehecometh" The pictures have attracted the anticipated attention with many people commenting on her lewd photos. See more photos below:
  17. Specially customised phones in support for the two main contestants in the 2019 presidential election are set to flood the market. The phones were designed separately to drum support from the citizens for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. The phones were also designed with the party’s logos and motto as Nigerians ponder on who to vote for in the forthcoming election next year. Atiku beat 11 other contestants after polling 1, 532 to emerge as the winner of the PDP primary at the National Convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers state. President Muhammadu Buhari polled a total of 14, 842, 072 across the 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory during APC’s direct Presidential Primary to emerge as it’s 2019 candidate. Watch the videos below;
  18. Peter Obi – It was a merry moment earlier today after the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate in the February 14, 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, picked former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, as his running mate. The former vice president on Sunday became the presidential candidate of PDP, Nigeria’s main opposition. Peter Obi was seen in an elated mood with Champagne popping as he celebrated the selection with Chief Gbenga Daniels, a former two-term Governor of Ogun State and the Director General of the Atiku Campaign Organization, along with others.
  19. Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Ben Murray-Bruce have sued the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, and the FCT Commissioner of Police over “humiliation, intimidation, harassment” The lawmakers said they suffered harassment in the hands of police officers during their Friday protest against the outcome of Osun governorship election where the candidate of the APC Gboyega Oyetola emerged winner. According to Punch, they are demanding N500m as damages. The senators are therefore praying the court to among others, direct the defendants to “jointly and severally pay the applicants the sum of N500m, being the pecuniary and exemplary damages arising from the humiliation, intimidation, harassment and unlawful attempt to arrest the applicants by the agents of the second respondent (Commissioner of Police).” Court papers obtained by Daily Post’s correspondent on Monday showed that the suit, with Number FHC/ABJ/03/095/2018, was filed by Mahmud Abubakar Magaji, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, on behalf of the senators.
  20. FORMER AVIATION MINISTER, CHIEF FEMI FANI-KAYODE HAS WARNED PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE OF THE PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP), ALHAJI ATIKU ABUBAKAR, AGAINST RESTING ON HIS OARS. Fani-Kayode made this known in a tweet via his verified Twitter handle on Monday. Atiku won the presidential ticket with 1,532 votes to defeat 11 other candidates that included Senate President Bukola Saraki and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal. But Fani-Kayode believes the Waziri of Adamawa’s battle has just begun. According to him, the former Vice President must prepare for a “mother of all battles” with the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, who came to office in 2015 after defeating the incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan. The PDP chieftain said that the party must also “rally its forces” against a “desperate” president, who is “relentless” in his bid for a second term in office. He said, “It is one thing to win a presidential primary and quite another to win a presidential election. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) must gird its loins, rally its forces and prepare for the mother of all battles because we are up against a dangerous, desperate, relentless and callous President.” See tweet:
  21. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has paid a Thank You Visit to Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike at the Government House Port-Harcourt on Sunday evening. It was earlier reported that Nyesom Wike, left the venue of the Peoples Democratic Party convention before the convention ended. He reportedly left shortly after congratulating the winner of the party’s presidential primary, Atiku Abubakar. He was promptly followed out of the Port-Harcourt venue by many of his supporters. The Rivers governor was one of the major backers of Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, who came second in the presidential primary. Meanwhile, Wike has declared that all Nigerians irrespective of political affiliation must rise up to sack the most inefficient Federal Government since the country gained independence. He said though different party leaders supported different aspirants, with the emergence of Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the party’s Presidential Candidate, all hands must be on deck for the good of the country. He said that the successful hosting of the National Convention in Port Harcourt has once again shown that Port Harcourt is a peaceful location for national events. In his remarks, PDP Presidential Candidate and Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said that the entire country must work towards ending the failed APC Federal Government in 2019. He said the country has gone through challenges ranging from recession, unemployment, insecurity and lack of unity. He said the country needs to chart a new direction in the interest of the people.
  22. Club owner and politician, Shina Peller, took to his twitter handle to state the difference between the major contenders of the presidential seat in the 2019 election, President Buhari and Atiku Abubakar. See his tweets below.
  23. The Chief Agent of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has confirmed that his candidate has won the presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He said even before the count of the votes that , “I have not doubt that Atiku Abubakar has worn the primary”. Also Senator Ben Bruce, another agent of Atiku, emerged from the vote sorting platform to say that “Atiku has won”. Other aspirants were Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal; Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo; a former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso; a former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa. Atiku Others are the President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki; a former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark; a former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki (SAN) and a former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jona Jang. Also in the race are, a former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi; a former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido and Dr. Datti Baba-Ahmed. 72-year-old Atiku Abubakar, a businessman, who served as the second elected vice-president of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), with President Olusegun Obasanjo. Abubakar worked in the Nigeria Customs Service for twenty years, rising to become the Deputy Director before he retired in April 1989 to go into politics. He ran for the office of governor in the Gongola State (now Adamawa and Taraba States) in 1991, and for the Presidency in 1993, placing third after MKO Abiola and Babagana Kingibe in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) primaries. In 1998 he was elected Governor of Adamawa State. While still Governor-Elect he was selected by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate Olusegun Obasanjo as his running mate. The duo went on to win elections in February 1999, and Abubakar was sworn-in as Nigeria’s second democratically elected vice president on 29 May 1999. Abubakar’s second term as Vice President was marked by a stormy relationship with President Obasanjo. Abubakar ran for presidency on the platform of the Action Congress, having quit the PDP on account of his issues with President Obasanjo. Abubakar lost the election, placing third after Umaru Yar’Adua and Muhammadu Buhari of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). He joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and sought the party’s ticket in 2014 but lost to President Muhammadu Buhari at the primary held in Lagos. Abubaker defected again in May to PDP where he on Sunday clinched the ticket to tackle incumbent President Buhari in the 2019 presidential election. Abubakar is a co-founder of Intels, an oil servicing business with extensive operations in Nigeria and abroad and founder of the American University of Nigeria Source:Vanguard
  24. The former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has emerged as the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election. Atiku beat 11 other contestants after polling 1, 532 at the crucial National Convention in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal came second with 693 votes, Senate President Bukola Saraki polled 317 votes, while the immediate past Senate President, Senator David Mark 35 votes. Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo 111 votes, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal 693 votes, former governors of Kaduna, Kano, Sokoto, Jigawa and Plateau states- Ahmed Makarfi 74 votes, Rabiu Kwankwaso 158 votes, Attahiru Bafarawa 48 votes, Sule Lamido 96 votes, Jonah Jang 19 votes, former Minister of Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki 65 votes, Datti Baba-Ahmed 5 votes. Atiku will go up against incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress for the nation’s top job next February.
  25. FORMER VICE PRESIDENT, ATIKU ABUBAKAR, HAS REACTED AFTER EMERGING THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE OF THE ALL PROGRESSIVE CONGRESS. Following his victory at the presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has thanked the party for choosing him to be its flag-bearer for the 2019 presidential election. The national convention of the party, which began on Saturday,in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and continued well into Sunday, saw Atiku eventually emerge winner, polling a total of 1,532 votes. Atiku beat Aminu Tambuwal and Senate President Bukola Saraki, who scored 693 and 317 votes, respectively. He thereafter thanked the party via a tweet that read: “@OfficialPDPNig, thank you for choosing me. This is a victory for all of us. The task to get Nigeria working again starts now.” See his tweet below:
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