Director General, Atiku Campaign Organization, ACO, Gbenga Daniel, has stated that the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar will win the 2019 presidential election.
He also predicted a major victory for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at all levels.
The former Governor hinged his confidence on what he described as the desire of most Nigerians to “change the change”.
The Ogun-born politician spoke in a chat with newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday.
Speaking about the chances of the Wazirin Adamawa, he said: “Nigeria is a very complex country and what we need is a system that works. That’s why you see that countries where the system works give less regard to persons in office.
“Nigerians must vote for a candidate who understands the new world economy. Gone are the days government put money here and there; just put in place necessary structures and investors will bring their money.
“The oil we so much depend on, those who buy are looking at other sources. So we must support someone who will create an environment for venture capitalists.
“He is not a fundamentalist but a man who accommodates and respects everyone’s religious views and leanings. We need somebody who is widely exposed, versatile and understands the country.
“Quite a number of people want to be president but don’t even know their state well, let alone having the grasp of the problems of Nigeria. Of all those in the race, Atiku is above everyone.
“We were in Delta, Taraba, Bayelsa, Adamawa among other states; we know what we heard. Also remember that earlier in the month, PDP and about 38 parties came together. The alliance is the first of the kind in the country so 2019 will be decisive.”
At the end of the count of the votes at the presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice President Atiku Abubakar polled 1,532 To bet 11 other contestants.
His closet rival, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state scored 693 votes. Atiku, a native of a Fulani village of Jada in Adamawa state, was earlier at the end of votes sorting declared the winner of the primary by his agents Messrs Gbenga Daniel and Ben Bruce.
With the win, Atiku Abubakar would have to face incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of APC and Mr Donald Duke of Social Democratic Party (SDP) and some others in the February 2019 presidential election.
About 3,274 delegates were at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt and took part in the primary which produced the following results. Aminu Tambuwal – 693 Bukola Saraki – 317 Sanator David Mark – 35 Sule Lamido – 96 Kabiru Turaki – 65 Donald Jang – 19 Datti Ahmed – 5 Attahiru Bafarawa – 48 Ibrahim Dankwanbo – 111 Ahmed Makarfi – 74 Rabiu Kwankwanso – 158
72-year-old Abubakar, a businessman, who served as the second elected vice-president of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), with President Olusegun Obasanjo. Abubakar Atiku worked in the Nigeria Customs Service for twenty years, rising to become the Deputy Director before he retired in April 1989 to go into politics.
He ran for the office of governor in the Gongola State (now Adamawa and Taraba States) in 1991, and for the Presidency in 1993, placing third after MKO Abiola and Babagana Kingibe in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) primaries. In 1998 Atiku was elected Governor of Adamawa State.
While still Governor-Elect he was selected by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate Olusegun Obasanjo as his running mate. The duo went on to win elections in February 1999, and Abubakar was sworn-in as Nigeria’s second democratically elected vice president on 29 May 1999.
Abubakar’s second term as Vice President Atiku was marked by a stormy relationship with President Obasanjo. Atiku Abubakar ran for presidency on the platform of the Action Congress, having quit the PDP on account of his issues with President Obasanjo. Abubakar lost the election, placing third after Umaru Yar’Adua and Muhammadu Buhari of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).
He joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and sought the party’s ticket in 2014 but lost to President Muhammadu Buhari at the primary held in Lagos. Abubaker defected again in May to PDP where he on Sunday clinched the ticket to tackle incumbent President Buhari in the 2019 presidential election. Abubakar is a co-founder of Intels, an oil servicing business with extensive operations in Nigeria and abroad and founder of the American University of Nigeria (AUN).