Nigeria's former vice president Atiku Abubakar has won the Peoples Democratic Party presidential primary. The Adamawa born politician will now face President Muhammadu Buhari who also won the All Progressives Congress primary at the party's convention. The PDP presidential primary was keenly contested with many of the aspirants staking claim to the coveted position.
The final count was down to three candidates, the senate president Bukola Saraki, Sokoto State governor Aminu Tambuwal and Kwankwaso. But Atiku polled the highest number of votes setting up for a final battle with Buhari in 2019.
As we await an imminent showdown between Buhari and Atiku, here are some interesting facts about this Nigerian politician, businessman and philanthropist.
He got the name of his grandfather. It is a tradition among the Fulani people to name their first sons after their paternal grandfathers .
Parents of Atiku were against western education, so at first boy didn`t go to school. After some time government discovered this fact and his parents were punished. Mother paid the fine and father spent several days in jail.
At the age of 8 Atiku Abubakar enrolled into the Jada Primary School where he performed well. In 1960. He was admitted to Adamawa Provincial Secondary School in Yola where he did well in English Language and Literature, struggled with Physics and Chemistry and Mathematics.
He graduated with a Grade Three WASC/GCE Certificate in 1965. Following secondary school, Abubakar studied a short while at the Nigeria Police College in Kaduna .
A NAIJ.com online poll had predicted Atiku as the winner of the presidential primary
He has 4 wives and 27 children all together. Married to Titi Abubakar, Rukayat, Fatima and Jennifer.
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Mr Abubakar is extremely wealthy and retains considerable support, especially in the mainly Muslim north of Nigeria.
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Son of Atiku Abubakar is married to step-daughter of President Goodluck Jonathan. The wedding was held in April 2014.
He started to earn money in estate business. And in the 1974 he built his first own house. He has a lot of companies in different areas, but the most successful ones are dealing with oil and gas logistics. He is also the founder of Adama Beverages Limited, and the American University of Nigeria (AUN), both in Yola.
His journey into the world of politics started in 1980 when he was 34. He worked behind-the-scenes on the governorship campaign of Bamanga Tukur. At that time he was managing director of the Nigeria Ports Authority.
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8 Vice Presidency
Atiku Abubakar became Vice-President of Nigeria on 29 May 1999.
9. Presidential runs
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Up to now he has participated in 3 presidential runs in Nigeria. First one happened in 1992, second was in 2006-2007. Atiku took third place and got approximately 7%. Third one was in 2011 and he gained 22% votes while President Jonathan got 78% according to the primaries.
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