|Alhaji Atiku Abubakar|
|Dr. Olubukola Saraki|
The generality of the people were never in doubt before this primary. Of all the aspirants the people knew from the get go, that in terms of resources and wherewithal and even connections none could match the former Vice-President of a Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, but since it is a democracy instead of just adopting him as the flagbearer of the PDP, it was best for all to test their might and POPULARITY 1st at a Primary so all the so called heavyweights gathered yesterday in Port Harcourt in Rivers State to test their mettle.
Between yesterday and today, the amount of money that moved about and got exchanged can only be described as staggering. From as low as $1000 to $2500 per delegates, to other unknown amount that could not be stated as a fact.
At the end of the day and as it was expected to end, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the former Vice president of Nigeria during the administration of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, who had risen to the post of Deputy Controller General of the Customs in his career, a very very deep pocket at that, with extraordinary investments across many areas in Nigeria, who owns probably one of the largest and most well equipped farms in Nigeria, whose private University in Nigeria is probably the best in the country has been declared the winner by a landslide.
Atiku Abubakar polled 1532 votes in all to emerge as the winner. Tambuwal the current Governor of Sokoto state was 2nd with 693 votes and the current Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki was 3rd with about 317 votes, Kwankwaso got 158 votes, Dankwabo got votes 111, Lamido got 96 votes, Makarfi 74 votes, Turaki 65 votes, Bafawara got 48 votes, David Mark got 35 votes, Jonah Jang got 19 votes and Datti got 5 votes.
With the results counted, even if the results of Tambuwal and Saraki and about 5 or more others were merged and counted, Atiku would still have carried the day against all of them. So Atiku’s victory at the primary was without a doubt.
In all, the total votes was 3221, nos of accredited delegates was also 3221, a total of 68 votes were voided.
Can Atiku beat Buhari in a presidential contest?
Of course not!!!! But I’m happy he won his primaries cos he would have had a heart attack. But he can’t win Buhari.
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