He scored 1,532 votes to defeat other candidates in the race, including the governor of the northwestern state of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal, and Nigeria's Senate President Bukola Saraki, the officials announced. Atiku and Saraki, coming second place, had a total of 11 per cent, while Kwankwaso staggered behind with a slightly lower percentage of 10 per cent.
The votes, which were counted by the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, and the Governor of Delta State, who also doubled as the Chairman of the National Convention Committee, Ifeanyi Okowa, saw Abubakar leading with over 700 votes as at press time, with counting still on. I shall give each and everyone in this country a sense of belonging.
Rivers State Governor Nysom Wike in a post on Twitter assured all delegates, observers, and visitors of adequate security adding that the state government is working with security agencies to ensure safety during the convention.
Saraki made this known in a series of tweets on Sunday, after Atiku was announced as victor of the PDP presidential primaries.
He said, "Honestly, when we compare Atiku with others, you will see him as somebody who has paid his dues".
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"Those who expect that the party will degenerate into crisis after the primaries have miscalculated".
He said, "One would not be entirely wrong if we say that the problem of Nigeria, or the bane of development of this country is bad leadership".
Port Harcourt streets were festooned with conference banners, while police said thousands of officers were being deployed to the event.
Abubakar comes from the Muslim-majority north, and his nomination follows an unwritten rule in Nigeria that the presidency should alternate every two terms between a candidate from the north and south.