Nigeria ex-VP Abubakar wins primary to challenge for presidency

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Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar disputes the incumbent Muhammad Bukhari to preside in Nigeria early next year after defeating the opposition party of democratic nations, the AFP correspondent reports on a vote on Sunday.

The 71-year-old Abubakar won 1,532 votes, beating his main rival, Aminu Tambuval, the governor of North Sokoto, who scored 693 votes at the party congress in the southeastern oil hub of Port Harcourt.

“Thank you for choosing me,” Abubakar said on Twitter. “This is a victory for all of us. Now the task of resuming work in Nigeria begins, he wrote, even before the final results were achieved.

Twelve candidates participated in the DPP nomination, which was decided by some 3,000 party delegates over the weekend.

Abubakar has already run for president four times. It has accumulated a huge fortune in the field of import-export, as well as oil, agriculture and telecommunications.

Nigerians will elect governors and legislators, as well as a president in elections scheduled for February and March next year.

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