Nigeria’s PDP picks Atiku Abubakar to run for president in 2023 | News

Former vp to launch third presidential bid after successful Individuals’s Democratic Paty major.

The primary opposition get together in Nigeria has picked former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as its candidate for the 2023 presidential elections.

Vote counting began late on Saturday and Abubakar garnered 371 votes, defeating his nearest rival Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, governor of oil-producing Rivers state, who obtained 237 votes.

Abubakar, a Muslim and stalwart of the Individuals’s Democratic Social gathering (PDP), has made quite a few bids to seize the presidency of Africa’s most populous nation.

The 75-year-old misplaced to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 over the last election, which he claimed was rigged.

However Buhari is not going to be on the poll subsequent yr when the second of his two four-year phrases involves an finish.

The PDP, which dominated Nigeria after navy rule led to 1999, was faraway from energy by Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) get together in 2015.

In his acceptance speech, Abubakar reiterated his marketing campaign promise to finish insecurity within the nation and revive its fragile financial system, amongst different pledges, and promised to work along with his opponents.

“I due to this fact pledge that I’ll restore unity. I additionally dedicated that I used to be going to deal decisively with the safety state of affairs on this nation,” mentioned Abubakar.

Abubakar has stood in six primaries, and subsequent yr’s vote can be his third presidential bid.

From 1999 to 2007, he was vp to Olusegun Obasanjo, the primary Nigerian chief after the tip of a long time of navy rule.

Abubakar’s foremost opponent can be from the ruling APC get together, which can select its candidate at a particular conference to be held June 6-8.

The APC postponed its presidential major from Sunday after the electoral fee prolonged the deadline for political events to decide on their candidates.

Twenty-five candidates from the APC have registered to participate within the primaries. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and former Lagos state governor and get together heavyweight Bola Tinubu are seen because the ruling get together’s frontrunners.

Buhari’s successor faces a number of challenges — together with insecurity marked by kidnappings for ransom within the northwest, an Islamist armed rebellion within the northeast, secessionist violence within the southeast, and a struggling financial system and excessive inflation.