Ekweremadu says Atiku is Nigeria’s next president

08 October, 2018, 10:33 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has faced growing pressure to step down because of failing health after spending several months in London last year treating an undisclosed ailment

Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe has defeated by a landslide other presidential contenders in the People's Democratic Party, in an online poll.

The ex-vice president, who is from the northeastern state of Adamawa, in May told Reuters he would privatise parts of the state oil company and allow the naira currency to float to attract foreign investment if elected as head of state.

He also commended the role played by Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike towards ensuring a successful convention of the PDP in Port Harcourt.

Some other issues played out in the build up to the convention, including the 11th hour endorsement of Atiku by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and other generals, which necessitated the presence of General Aliyu Gusau at the convention.

"I am moved by the outcome of the convention and I promise you, I will not fail you".

The 55-year-old former minister, who was also the World Bank's vice president for Africa from 2007 to 2012, said in a statement that Nigeria was becoming "a country where the worth of life is trending down to zero".

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"Let me congratulate the former vice president and now the presidential candidate of our great party for the next presidential election over his resounding victory in a free, fair, transparent and credible primary election.The delegates have spoken and they have elected a man who understands our country, the Niger Delta and a man who has the requisite experience".

So once again sir, on behalf of the other aspirants, we are with you and are confident tha with us as a team, May 29, 2019 the flags of red, white and green will be in the [Presidential] Villa as our party comes to take over.

Also in the race for the PDP presidential ticket are former Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa; founder of Baze University, Abuja, Datti Baba-Ahmed; former Kaduna State Governor, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and former Plateau State Governor, Senator Jonah Jang. We always knew from day one that only one person will emerge, so today's event is not surprising.

Political analysts have already dubbed the emergence of the two formidable candidates as standard bearers of the two mega parties as battle of political Titans.

The successful PDP candidate will represent the party at the 2019 presidential elections and will be slugging it out with President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

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