- Former VP Atiku Abubakar has stated that he defeated Senate president Bukola Saraki and Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso in an online poll
- The poll was conducted to gauge the popularity of recent defectors from APC to PDP, who have presidential ambitions, versus Atiku, as far as the PDP ticket is concerned
- He also pointed out that he had vanquished President Muhammadu Buhari and other likely PDP contenders in a previous poll
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, former vice president of Nigeria, has stated that he defeated Senate president Bukola Saraki and former governor of Kano state, Sen Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, in an online poll.
He made the comment on Wednesday, July 25, in a statement released by his media office, Daily Trust reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that the poll was conducted by popular blogger, Japheth Omojuwa, in the wake of recent mass defections of members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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He said: "In the Twitter online poll which ended on Tuesday, July 24, Atiku Abubakar polled 42 percent compared to Saraki’s 37 percent and Kwankwaso’s 15 percent with the other candidates settling for 6 percent of the votes.
"The poll was conducted on the heels of the defections of a sizeable number of senators and members of the House of Representatives from the ruling APC to the PDP, ostensibly to gauge the popularity of the defectors with presidential ambition versus Atiku as far as the PDP ticket is concerned.
"Kwankwaso, who is known to have presidential aspiration decamped to the PDP on Tuesday along with several others. However, Saraki has not defected to the opposition party though there are indications that he will follow suit.
“Atiku had earlier in December of 2017 rejoined the PDP, a party he had helped found at inception in 1998.
"Voters were asked: ‘Who will emerge the PDP candidate for 2019?' The choices were listed as Bukola Saraki, Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Kwankwaso and Other (Reply with name).
"This is one in a series of polls in which Atiku has come out tops. In a massive online poll that attracted almost 30,000 votes, Atiku vanquished President Muhammadu Buhari and other likely PDP contenders – Governors Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo and Aminu Tambuwal of Gombe and Sokoto states respectively. The poll was conducted by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce.
"In answer to the question ‘If the 2019 Nigerian Presidential Election were to hold today and the candidates are as below, who would you vote for?’, 44% said they would vote for Atiku Abubakar. This compares to 31% for President Buhari, 17% for Dankwambo and 8% for Tambuwal.
"This result is also consistent with a number of recent polls, including those done by well known supporters of President Buhari, who had following the third anniversary of the administration on May 29 initiated polls ostensibly to test the popularity of the incumbent president."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Atiku Abubakar and others reacted to the siege on the residences of Senate president Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, by security operatives in Abuja.
Atiku said the APC should “avoid biting the fingers that gave the party victory in the last general elections.”
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