– All is set for the PDP special national convention this week in Port Harcourt, Rivers state
– A poll has predicted that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar will win the contest and emerge as the presidential candidate of the opposition party
– No fewer than 12 people are contesting for the PDP presidential ticket
Former vice president of Nigeria and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has been adjudged as the best candidate to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.
In an online Twitter poll conducted by @PDP_RIVERS, Atiku Abubakar, trounced Senate President Bukola Saraki, governor of Sokoto state Aminu Tambuwal and former governor of Kano state Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.
At the end of voting on Thursday, October 4, Atiku polled 48% of the total votes cast followed by Saraki with 37%, Kwankwaso 11% and Tambuwal 4%.
We gathered that 41,734 persons voted in the 6-day poll which commenced on Saturday, September 29 .
Atiku’s share of the votes is 20,032 compared to Saraki’s 15,442, Kwankwaso’s 4,591 and Tambuwal’s 1,669.
The presidential primaries of the PDP will hold in Port Harcourt on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7.
A total of 12 aspirants are set to slug it out for the party’s ticket. They are Atiku, Saraki, Kwankwaso, Tambuwal, Senators Ahmed Makarfi, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe and Senator Jonah Jang.
Others are former governors; Sule Lamido and Attahiru Bafarawa, former minister of special duties; Tanimu Turaki, Datti Baba-Ahmed and former Senate president; David Mark.
Another poll by an independent group, Presidential Mediation Committee had earlier predicted that Senator Makarfi will emerge as the party’s presidential candidate.
The report was signed by the committee’s protem-chairman; Honourable Samaila Kankia, acting secretary; Dr. Amos Goje and facilitator, Malam Muhammad Tasiu Hassan.
According to them, the poll ranked each candidate’s potentialities and pedigree on a scale of 1 to 20 with 20 being highest. In all, the group said Makarfi scored 15 marks to beat the rest in the analysis.