Buhari Wins APC Presidential Primary, to Square Up with Jonathan
Former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari has emerged winner of the All Progressives Congress presidential primary election held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, in Lagos on Wednesday.
He scored 3,430 votes to defeat 4 other challengers namely former vice president Atiku Abubakar, Governors Rochas Okorocha and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso as well as the publisher Leadership Newspaper, Sam Nda Isaiah.
Although the vote count was still ongoing as at the time of this report, the former Head of State had already scored more votes than any of the four other challengers can garner.
Former vice president Atiku Abubakar who many expected to give a hard fight for the ticket and even tipped to win the primaries scored 954 votes from the total of 7214 votes casted by the delegates.
With the ticket now securely won, Buhari will next February 2015 challenge the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan for the topmost job in the land.
This will be Buhari’s fourth attempt at the Presidency since Nigeria returned to democratic rule in 1999.
His first attempt was in 2003 on the platform of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). Buhari lost that bid to Olusegun Obasanjo. Undeterred, Buhari’s name was back on the ballot in 2007 on the same political platform. He again emerged vanquished; losing to late President Umaru Yar’adua.
In March 2010, Buhari jettisoned the ANPP and floated the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). In 2011 under the CPC platform, Buhari went toe-to-toe with the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and garnered an impressive 12.2 million votes for his troubles. He however still fell short, as President Jonathan ran away as winner with 22.4 million votes.
A former Military Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) was born on December 17, 1942 in Daura, Katsina State. He enrolled into the Nigerian Army in 1962. In 1976, he served as the Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources. He was also the Governor of the then North Eastern State and chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) under late military dictator Sanni Abacha.
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