PDP Is The Ruling Party In Waiting, Says Secondus At National Convention

Mrs. Buhari knocks Nigeria ruling APC over impunity manipulation

Bakare said this after Abubakar emerged the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday, polling 1,532 votes to defeat his closest contender, Aminu Tambuwal, who polled 693 votes.

Port Harcourt streets had been festooned with conference banners, while police said thousands of officers were deployed to the PDP primary.

Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar attends an interview with Reuters in Abuja, Nigeria May 11, 2018.

The successful PDP candidate will represent the party at the 2019 presidential elections and will be slugging it out with President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

"We also thank our delegates as today's event is not surprising".

However, it added that the Sokoto governor "offers the best chance of appealing to the critical northwestern and northeastern voting bloc, and that he will be Buhari's strongest challenger".

"I congratulate him (Abubakar), he makes the issue in 2019 more robust", Bakare said.




The APC swept to power in 2015 with the first opposition victory at the ballot box in the country's history.

The duo went on to win elections in February 1999, and Mr Abubakar was sworn-in as Nigeria's second democratically elected vice-president on May 29, 1999. All Nigerians bear witness to the fact that you have done it creditably.

Bakare said Abubakar, just like Buhari, has the experience, the exposure and the acceptance expected of the country's president.

"You have turned around our economy from a mono economy and one thing that we all can not forget is that within a short time, Nigeria was out of recession". We are set to begin another journey and we don't want to take anything for granted.

"Our President will be returned as President in 2019 and this is the task for all of us".

"This is a victory for all of us".

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