Nigeria's opposition PDP selects Abubakar as 2019 presidential election

Nigerian former VP Abubakar attends Reuters interview in Abuja

Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar attends an interview with Reuters in Abuja Nigeria

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has led other delegates of the host state out of the Adokiye Amesiemaka Stadium, venue of the National convention of PDP.

Voters in the former British colony will elect governors and lawmakers as well as the president in elections set for February and March next year.

Senate President Bukola Saraki's '#GrowNigeria' movement has suffered a great setback as he didn't get the People's Democratic Party (PDP) presidential ticket.

GOV Seriake Dickson on Sunday congratulated Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for emerging as the People's Democratic Party (PDP) flag-bearer in the 2019 presidential election.

"This is a victory for all of us".

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"So we need to vote for him and return him as president so that he can complete the good work he has started".

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

Political parties had until Sunday to select their candidates.

Ezekwesili, co-founder of the Berlin-based corruption watchdog Transparency International, is best known in Nigeria for creating the BringBackOurGirls movement after Boko Haram jihadists abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in 2014.

Nigeria entered its first recession in 25 years in 2016, mainly caused by lower oil prices and attacks in the Niger Delta crude-producing region.

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The ex-vice president, who is from the northeastern state of Adamawa, in May told Reuters he would privatise parts of the state oil company and allow the naira currency to float to attract foreign investment if elected as head of state.

He added that the opposition party had to convince Nigerians that they would not return to corruption, which he said was the way of life during its rule, to win the confidence of the electorate.

The politician and business tycoon has made four previous bids for the top job in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation.

"On behalf of other presidential aspirants, I thank Chairman of NWC, Governor Okowa for putting in place a transparent election and showing that PDP can make it right".

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