Former vice chairman to release 3rd presidential bid after successful Folks’s Democratic Paty number one.
The principle opposition birthday party in Nigeria has picked former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as its candidate for the 2023 presidential elections.
Vote counting began past due on Saturday and Abubakar garnered 371 votes, defeating his nearest rival Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, governor of oil-producing Rivers state, who won 237 votes.
Abubakar, a Muslim and stalwart of the Folks’s Democratic Birthday celebration (PDP), has made a large number of bids to seize the presidency of Africa’s maximum populous nation.
The 75-year-old misplaced to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 right through the closing election, which he claimed was once rigged.
However Buhari is probably not at the poll subsequent 12 months when the second one of his two four-year phrases involves an finish.
The PDP, which dominated Nigeria after army rule resulted in 1999, was once got rid of from energy via Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) birthday party in 2015.
In his acceptance speech, Abubakar reiterated his marketing campaign promise to finish lack of confidence within the nation and revive its fragile financial system, amongst different pledges, and promised to paintings along with his warring parties.
“I due to this fact pledge that I can repair solidarity. I additionally dedicated that I used to be going to deal decisively with the safety state of affairs on this nation,” stated Abubakar.
Abubakar has stood in six primaries, and subsequent 12 months’s vote will probably be his 3rd presidential bid.
From 1999 to 2007, he was once vice chairman to Olusegun Obasanjo, the primary Nigerian chief after the top of many years of army rule.
Abubakar’s major opponent will probably be from the ruling APC birthday party, which can make a choice its candidate at a unique conference to be held June 6-8.
The APC postponed its presidential number one from Sunday after the electoral fee prolonged the time limit for political events to select their applicants.
Twenty-five applicants from the APC have registered to participate within the primaries. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and previous Lagos state governor and birthday party heavyweight Bola Tinubu are observed because the ruling birthday party’s frontrunners.
Buhari’s successor faces a number of demanding situations — together with lack of confidence marked via kidnappings for ransom within the northwest, an Islamist armed rebellion within the northeast, secessionist violence within the southeast, and a suffering financial system and top inflation.