Former Head of State, Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), today Thursday won the All Progressives Congress presidential primary at the party’s national convention in Lagos, beating four other contenders.
According to Punch, Buhari polled 3,430 votes to beat Kano State Governor, RabiuKwankwaso, who scored 974 votes, to the second position while former Vice President, AtikuAbubakar, got 954 votes to occupy the third position.
Imo State Governor, RochasOkorocha, garnered 624 votes to stay in the fourth position and the Publisher, Leadership Newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah, brought up the rear with 10 votes.
Buhari, who had equally contested the presidential election in the past, will face President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party in the presidential election in February, 2015.
Atiku has released a congratulatory message to Buhari, read below:
I heartily congratulate Gen. MuhammaduBuhari for emerging victorious in this keenly contested presidential primary election of our great Party, the APC. You ran a spirited campaign, and since the delegates have spoken, you fully deserve the victory.
I am very confident that you will provide the needed leadership to turn this country around. I have no doubt that you will work with dedicated and qualified Nigerians to protect our citizens, improve our economy, create jobs, improve education, reform governance and fight corruption. You will indeed bring the change Nigerians have been yearning for. Once more, congratulations.
I congratulate the other contestants, namely Governors Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and RochasOkorocha as well as the erudite Sam Nda-Isiah. You have all demonstrated your commitment to democracy by participating in this transparent process and by campaigning vigorously across this country.
I thank our delegates for their sacrifices and their commitment to democracy. In particular, I thank those who voted for me for your faith in me. However, since we came up short, have to now rally behind General Buhari to help him prevail in the coming Presidential election.
The APC has demonstrated, through the transparent process, the Party’s commitment to democracy and rule of law. It has demonstrated its respect for people and their choice through the ballot box.
I sincerely thank the Convention Committee for putting together a hitch-free convention.
My dear friends, we have voted, a winner has emerged. I pledge my commitment to this Party, and to campaign vigorously for our candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and all APC candidates to ensure victory in the 2015 elections.
I call on all other contestants and our party’s rank and file to unite behind our candidates at all levels to ensure that the PDP is defeated, so Nigerians can have real change.
Long live APC!
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
Thank you all and God bless!Atiku Abubakar