Abubakar emerged as the PDP’s flag-bearer with 371 votes at the party’s primaries in the capital Abuja on Saturday. It will be his sixth attempt in all to gain Nigeria’s top office, and his second time leading the PDP.
“Today, we are making another history. The history, which we believe will bring about fundamental changes in governance and also in our political processes,” Abubakar said in an acceptance speech Saturday night. “I pledge to confront our economic challenges, which were all caused by the APC government.”
Abubakar, 75, will contend in an open field to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, who completes his second and final term on May 29 next year. He’s running on a five-point agenda, including building a “strong, resilient and prosperous economy that creates jobs and lifts people out of poverty,” according to a manifesto released his campaign office.