The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held its presidential primary in Port-Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State and Abubakar Atiku emerged as the winner out of the 12 aspirants gunning for the presidency.
The Chairman of the PDP Convention Committee and Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, announced the results of the primary on Sunday morning.
The former Vice-President polled 1,532 votes while Aminu Tambuwal polled 693 votes to place second.
Other results are, Bukola Saraki , 317 votes; Jonah Jang, 19 votes; Datti Ahmed, 5 votes; David Mark , 35 votes; Tanimu Turaki, 65 votes; Sule Lamido, 96 votes; Attahiru Bafarawa, 48 votes; Ibrahim Dankwambo, 111 votes; Ahmed Makarfi, 74 votes and Rabiu Kwankwaso, 158 votes.
In his acceptance speech, Atiku paid tribute to Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and other PDP leaders.
He said, “I am ever ready to work with each and every one of them for the realisation of the victory of our party in the forthcoming elections. I cannot do it alone”.
“We look forward to working with you (Rivers governor and people) so that our party can be returned to power in the next election”.
He also extolled the virtues of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and he said he would not have succeeded as a presidential candidate if “President Olusegun Obasanjo had not made me his vice president”.
“Under his tutelage, I learnt quite a lot,” he said.
“I wish to pay my personal tribute to him”.