Nigeria's opposition PDP selects Abubakar as 2019 presidential election

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The former vice president scored 1,532 votes, more than double that scored by his closest challenger, Aminu Tambuwal, who had 693 votes.

Earlier in August, the 56-year-old declared an intention to contest in the 2019 presidential election under the umbrella of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).

The online poll conducted by national newspaper, Daily Trust drew response from 17,925 respondents who were asked to respond to the question: "Who is the best candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)?".

He joined the ruling APC and sought the party's ticket in 2014, but lost to Gen Buhari at the primary held in Lagos.

"And all of us are speaking to ourselves as speaking to each other".

"All the doubting Thomases that thought we would all walk out after the results have been announced, we are not going anywhere but walking with Atiku to victory".

After the convention, one of the presidential aspirants, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State, also pledged to support Mr Abubakar.

"So I say to Nigerians, particularly PDP delegates, for if for whatever reasons you don't want me, take Abubakar Bukola Saraki as my brother".

He described the process that produced him candidate as free, fair and innovative.

"At the end of the day, it is either Atiku or Tambuwal", he said.

Abubakar comes from the Muslim-majority north, and his nomination follows an unwritten rule in Nigeria that the presidency should alternate every two terms between a candidate from the north and south.

He said "I have a right to vote as a delegate".

"Indeed the victor of this convention is the party which ensured that the elections went free, fair and credible that all aspirants accepted the result and willing to support the victor in the general elections", the party said. Buhari will face ex-veep Atiku Abubakar who is leading the main opposition PDP.

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