All Nigeria Latest News reports that former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has been elected as the Peoples Democratic Party’s flagbearer for the 2023 presidential election.

This will mark Atiku’s sixth attempt at the nation’s highest office.

The former Vice President was also the PDP’s candidate in the last election in 2019, which he lost to President Muhammadu Buhari.

To secure the PDP’s 2023 ticket, Atiku had to defeat contenders such as Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, Akwa Ibom Governor Udom Emmanuel, and former Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Prior to the commencement of voting at the primary election in Abuja on Friday, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal withdrew from the race, throwing his support behind Atiku. This strategic move bolstered the candidacy of the Adamawa politician for the party’s ticket.

Mr Atiku scored 371 votes. His closest challenger, Wike, polled 237 votes. Saraki pulled 70 votes.

Emmanuel (38), Mohammed (38), Anyim Pius Anyim (14), Mrs Tari Diana Oliver (1) and Sam Ohuabunwa (1) shared the remainder of the eligible votes.

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