Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has been declared winner of the just-concluded presidential primary of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, after polling the highest number of votes to become the party’s flag-bearer.
Quest Times understands that this is the sixth time the 75-year-old will be eyeing the nation’s top job.
He was also the PDP’s candidate in the last election in 2019, which he lost to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Atiku had to beat the likes of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, Akwa Ibom Governor Udom Emmanuel and former Senate President Bukola Saraki, to clinch the party’s ticket.
Quest Times earlier reported that Sokoto Governor, Aminu Tambuwal also stepped down for the former Vice President, while asking his supporters to vote for the latter.
Mr Atiku scored 371 votes while his closest rival, Wike polled 237 votes. Saraki pulled 70 votes.
Emmanuel and Mohammed polled 38 votes respectively. Others, including Anyim Pius Anyim (14), Mrs Tari Diana Oliver (1) and Sam Ohuabunwa (1) shared the remainder of the eligible votes.
Quest Times gathered that only 12 void votes were recorded in the election that saw Atiku emerge as the PDP flag-bearer.