Former Vice-President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has emerged as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 Presidential Election. Atiku won the party’s presidential primaries winning 371 votes ahead of six aspirants.
Other leading aspirants and their scores include Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, who scored 237 votes; Former Senate President Bukola Saraki – 70; Governor of Akwa Ibom State Udom Emmanuel – 38 votes; Governor of Bauchi State Bala Mohammed – 20; and Former Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim – 14.
Aminu Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State, had withdrawn from the presidential race and had given his support to Atiku just before the voting started.
Atiku was the Presidential Candidate of the PDP during the 2019 presidential election, losing to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.
He first had a shot at the Presidency in 1993, when he contested the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Presidential Primary, losing to Moshood Abiola. He was the presidential candidate of the Action Congress (AC) in the 2007 Presidential Election coming in third to Umaru Yar’Adua of the PDP and Muhammadu Buhari of the ANPP.
He was a Presidential aspirant in 2011 losing the Peoples Democratic Party presidential primary to incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and he contested the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential primary for the 2015 presidential election losing the ticket to Muhammadu Buhari.