By Ezra Odogu
Bola Tinubu, chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has congratulated Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president, for winning the presidential primary election of the People Democratic Party (PDP).
Atiku was declared winner of the primary election during the special national convention of the opposition party in the velodrome of the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja, on Saturday.
The former vice-president polled 371 votes to clinch the ticket to represent the PDP in the 2023 elections, while Wike, his closest challenger, secured 237 votes.
In a statement, Tinubu, an APC presidential hopeful, described Atiku as a formidable politician and worthy opponent, adding that he is looking forward to challenging the former vice-president in the 2023 presidential election.
“I welcome the victory of Atiku Abubakar as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the just concluded primary election. I look forward to squaring up with him as a worthy opponent in the coming election,” Tinubu said.
“I have known the former vice-president as a formidable politician and a patriot who believes in the unity and progress of our dear country. As we move further into the election season, I charge the PDP presidential candidate and all political actors across party lines that we should make this election season one that is devoid of bitterness, rancour and strife.
“We should make our campaigns peaceful and issue based. Election season should be a festival of ideas that will uplift our country and improve the living condition of all our people.
“Unfortunately for the PDP, its candidate will be burdened to explain why Nigerians should give it another opportunity after squandering 16 years at the central government without much to show.
“Nigerians are yet to forget the national ruin and mismanagement of our country for 16 years by successive PDP administration and this bad memory will dog the campaign of the PDP candidate.”