👤 By Danjuma Aliyu
A former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has received over 1,500 votes in order to clinch the Presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
At the PDP convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the second elected vice-president who served from 1999 to 2007 gave a rousing speech to the delegates.
In his speech, Mr Atiku, the founder of several successful businesses promised to “get Nigeria working again.”
He said: “The economy has slowed, bringing hardship across Nigeria, increasing hunger and poverty, farmers struggle, businesses close, and jobs are lost. All the while, our government has become less transparent and deaf to the voices of Nigerians.
“It is time we get Nigeria working again. We need jobs, wealth creation for farmers and across the agriculture sector, along with security for every Nigerian so they may prosper.
“This is why I ask for your support in seeking the PDP ticket. You are aware of my government service and just as importantly my long work in business helping develop the economy, creating jobs in agriculture, healthcare, and education.
“With your support, together, we can truly get Nigeria working again. Upon election, I will work with you the delegates of the PDP and every Nigerian in each state to restructure and build the local infrastructures needed to grow the economy, create jobs and bring wealth to every Nigerian.”
The final delegate tally was 1532 votes for Mr Atiku, 693 votes for Governor of Sokoto Aminu Tambuwal and 317 for Senate President, Bukola Saraki.