Atiku and Wike were the fron runners ahead of the PDP Primaries. But events on the final day swept the rug under the Rivers state Governor.
Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary election on Saturday, May 28, aided by Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal.
When the governor, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, announced his resignation to support Atiku, he gave the former number two citizen a much-needed boost.
The presidential primary was attended by 767 delegates elected from across the country and held at Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.
Atiku got 371 votes. Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike received 237 votes as the first runner-up.
Tambuwal, a popular figure in the party, waited until the last minute to use his wild card.
Tambuwal’s move was so important that Atiku acknowledged him in a tweet following his “thank you” note.
A meeting of key PDP leaders from the north just hours before the convention failed to broker a consensus deal among aspirants from the north, as several of them refused to shift ground, preferring to participate in the primary.
Two candidates had dropped out of the race without supporting Atiku. They are Mohammed Hayatudeen, a financial expert, and Nwachukwu Anakwenze.
Tambuwal’s decision to step down and support Atiku meant that delegates who would have supported him as a candidate had to change their minds.