- Atiku Abubakar reportedly emerged as the PDP’s presidential candidate through block votes from the southeast, some states in the south-south and northeast
- According to one source, Atiku decided to engage states without PDP governors to drive his ambition; as some of the governors from the south-south favoured Governor Tambuwal
- The outcome of the convention was reportedly not affected by the alleged cash inducement of the delegates by the aspirants before the commencement of voting
Following the conclusion of the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), facts have reportedly emerged, that the party’s eventual presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, claimed victory through block votes from the southeast, some states in the south-south and northeast.
According to Punch, in all states, Atiku polled considerable votes.
Legit.ng gathers that some south-south governors, however, favoured the Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal. However, delegates from some of the states from other regions, apart from the south-south, thwarted the plans to prevent the emergence of Atiku as the party’s presidential candidate.
The national legal adviser, Peoples Equality Congress (PEC) for Atiku Abubakar, Agu Aguma, and a leader of PEC, Chief Bestman Festus, said Atiku had proved that he was an experienced politician who understood political intrigues and horse trading.
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Aguma said Atiku decided to engage states without PDP governors to drive his ambition; armed with the knowledge that some persons were working against his candidacy. He further stated that Atiku is the most qualified and experienced individual to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s candidate.
He said: “Although some interests, including governors, had wanted an alternative candidate, the programme Atiku outlined for the socio-economic development of the country, his restructuring agenda, coupled with his good plans for the youth, job creation, stood him out."
Almost all delegates from Ebonyi state voted for the former vice-president. He also shared Enugu delegates with Tambuwal.
However, sources in the southeast contingent disclosed that Atiku beat Tambuwal in the allocation of the votes of delegates from Imo, Abia and Anambra states.
One delegate, speaking on the condition of anonymity, stated that Abubakar was prevented from recording a clean sweep of the votes of the southeast delegates because of the closeness of Tambuwal to some governors in the zone.
He said: “Most of us from the southeast cast our votes for Atiku Abubakar, I know for a fact that Ebonyi delegates voted massively for him. Atiku got the backing of majority of the delegates from the other states in the zone, although Tambuwal was able to record a considerable number of votes.
“One of the governors (in the south-east) has a close relationship with Tambuwal and that had a major influence on the way delegates from the state voted, otherwise, Abubakar would have recorded a clean sweep of the votes from the zone.”
He added that the outcome of the convention was not affected by the alleged cash inducement of the delegates by the aspirants before the commencement of voting.
Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election to emerge as its presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
In the election conducted on Saturday, October 6 at the party’s convention which took place in Port Harcourt, the former vice president defeated 11 other political bigwigs in the party.
Atiku's acceptance speech - on Legit.ng TV: