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Abubakar's closest rival was the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, who scored 693 votes.

Nigerian Senate president Bukola Saraki on July 31, 2018, quit the ruling party and joined the oppposition, dealing yet another blow to the country's leader Muhammadu Buhari's re-election bid.

"You have turned around our economy from a mono economy and one thing that we all can not forget is that within a short time, Nigeria was out of recession".

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. That is to say, we will all work for the development of the country. "It's a victory for all of us".

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has been declared victor of the Peoples Democratic Party's Presidential election.The Chairman of the PDP Convention Committee and Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, announced the results of the primary on Sunday morning.

Dankwambo garnered 68 per cent of all votes cast.

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

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

"He has the power of incumbency and he will do his best to win the election, but Atiku is not going to take No for an answer when the two forces collide in the election".

"I stand here on behalf of your governors to affirm that you have discharged your responsibility creditably". While still governor-elect, he was selected by PDP presidential candidate Olusegun Obasanjo, as his running mate.

He said the emergence of many political parties was good for democracy and freedom.

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.