With 90 percent of votes counted and sorting of ballots continues, THISDAY Newspaper can comfortably project that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has won the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party.
From the votes collated so far, Atiku is leading the other contestants. Other contestants in the race are Senate President Bukola Saraki, Gombe State Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, Senator Jonah Jang, Senator David Mark, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, Dr. Ahmed Datti, former Governor Sule Lamido, Mr. Taminu Turaki and former Governor Attahiru Bafarawa.
Earlier on Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the sole candidate of the All Progressives Congress was endorsed by 14.8 million members of the party at APC’s national convention at the Eagle Square in Abuja.
Though candidates of several other parties also emerged at the weekend, being the leading opposition party, it is expected that February 2019 presidential election will be a straight contest between the candidate of the PDP Atiku and President Buhari.
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