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Opponents of Nigeria choose former Vice President Abbakar as presidential candidate

Atiku Abubakar defeated competitor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike by winning most of the ballots from representatives who voted for the primary in the capital Abuja.

Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar will attend the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) primary in Abuja on May 28, 2022. (AFP)

Former Nigerian vice president and veteran politician Atiku Abubakar will run again next year after the opposition has selected him as a candidate to run for election to take over the incumbent Muhammadu Buhari.

75-year-old Abubakar claimed to be fraudulent after losing to Buhari in the final elections of 2019. But Buhari will not participate in the vote next year when the second of his two four-year terms ends.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Party, which ruled Nigeria after the end of the military regime in 1999, was expelled from the administration in 2015 by the All Progressive Party (APC) Party in Buhari. PDP is vying for a return to Africa’s largest economy.

Vote counting began late Saturday, with Abubakar scoring 371 votes and defeating his closest rival, the Governor of Rivers, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, who won 237 votes.

In his acceptance speech, Abbakar reiterated his campaign promise to end the country’s unrest and revive a fragile economy, promising to work with the enemy, among other pledges.

“Therefore, I pledge to regain unity and promise to take a firm stand on the security situation in this country,” Abbakar said.

Career

Abubakar is running for six primaries, and next year’s vote will be his third presidential election.

From 1999 to 2007, he was the Vice President of Olusegun Obasanjo, the first Nigerian leader after the end of the military junta for decades.

Abubakar’s main opponents are from the ruling APC party, which selects candidates for a special tournament to be held from June 6th to 8th. APC has postponed the presidential primary from Sunday after the election committee has extended the deadline for political parties to select candidates.

Twenty-five candidates from APC have registered to participate in the primary election. Vice President Jemi Osinbajo, the former Governor of Lagos, and the party’s heavyweight Bora Tinub are considered the ruling party’s leading candidates.

Buhari’s successors face several challenges, including ransom kidnapping in the northwest, Muslim rebellion in the northeast, separatist violence in the southeast, economic downturn and high inflation. increase.

Source: Reuters

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