- Ibrahim Dankwambo has promised to support the newly elected PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar
- Dankwnambo said he will work work with Atiku to ensure a win for the PDP in 2019
- According to him, with God on Atiku's side, coupled with his wealth of experience and exposure, PDP will be victorious in the next election
Following the emergence of Alhaji Abubakar Atiku as presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), one of the runners-up during the primaries, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe state, has congratulated and pledged his support to him.
Dankwambo declared his support for the party’s presidential candidate in 2019 elections on Friday, October 12, in his congratulatory message, made available to newsmen in Abuja.
According to the governor, who has been offered Gombe North senatorial district ticket, God-willing, victory will be delivered to PDP in 2019 presidential election.
“I assure you of my personal commitment and that of my supporters all over the country in the next presidential race.
“I have no doubt, that with God on your side, coupled with your wealth of experience and exposure, our party will be victorious in the next election," he said.
Dankwambo, a former accountant-general of the federation, commended Atiku’s doggedness.
“With gratitude to almighty Allah and profound sense of fraternity, I formally congratulate you on your nomination as our party’s Presidential candidate.
“As a co-aspirant in the contest, I understand the emotional, physical and financial stress associated with such race. Accept my hearty congratulations on this very important victory,” Dankwambo concluded.
Prior to the October 6, primary election, Dankwambo pledged to abide with outcome of the process. The governor, who hails from same geo-political zone (Northeast) with Atiku, polled 111 votes to come fifth in the keenly contested party primaries in Porthacourt.
Atiku polled 1,532 votes among 12 aspirants to lead while Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state who polled 693 votes to come second.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that former vice president Atiku would contest for the number one office with current President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Alhaji Muhammad Ribadu, the former senatorial candidate, Gombe North senatorial district under the PDP relinquished his candidacy to Dankwambo on Thursday, October 11.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the presidential candidate of the PDP Atiku Abubakar, may have gotten the nod of his former boss, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Thursday, October 11, as he seeks to be Nigeria's president in 2019.
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Atiku arrived Obasanjo’s home at about 1:12 p.m Thursday afternoon, accompanied by PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, and the director general of the Atiku Campaign Organisation, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
Also present in the meeting was a top chieftain of the main opposition party, Chief Olabode George, and Afenifere leaders led by Chief Ayo Adebanjo.
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