Saraki assures Atiku of his Support

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Abubakar polled 1,532 votes to defeat Saraki who came third with 317 votes followed by the former governor of Kano State Rabiu Kwankwaso who polled 158 votes.

He will be running against President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the candidate of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in the 2019 presidential election.

The senate president took a jibe at "doubting Thomases" who suggested that the convention would lead to some of the presidential aspirants walking away from the party.

"We believe that we have done well and that in his second term, he will do even better", Udoma said.

"We are all here", he said.

"This is a victory for all of us".

Pastor Tunde Bakare, on Sunday congratulated Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on his emergence as the People's Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate. It is not a one man's job, it is a collective responsibility and I am prepared to listen to you, to take your advice, consult with you, work with you and together, we'll succeed and after we succeed, we shall all be partners in that success.

However, 68 votes were void.

Bakare said Abubakar, just like Buhari, has the experience, the exposure and the acceptance expected of the country's president.

"I need your assurance, support assistance and participant".

He said the PDP and other political parties should learn from the process and improve upon it.

"Let me also commend my fellow competitors for displaying a sense of unity, a sense of goal and a sense of commitment".

The cleric who is a persistent critic of the Buhari administration has also indicated interest to run for the presidency at a year he is yet to disclose.

The handling of the economy has already emerged as a major issue at the start of the election cycle in Africa's top oil producer, which also plays a key role in regional wars against Islamist insurgents.

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