Abubakar will make fifth attempt at Nigerian presidency


Former vice-president Atiku Abubakar has won the Democratic Peoples Party primary – and will challenge the incumbent Muhammadu Buhari for the Nigerian presidency.

The 71-year-old Abubakar comfortably beat his main rival, Aminu Tambuwal, who is the governor of northern Sokoto.

“Thank you for choosing me,” Abubakar wrote on Twitter.

“It’s a victory for all of us. The task to get Nigeria working again starts now.”

A dozen candidates were in contention for the DPP nomination, which was decided in the weekend primary by 3,000-plus party delegates.

Abubakar, who has profited from his oil, agriculture and telecommunications businesses, has run for the presidency on four occasions.

The president will be appointed after February and March 2019’s elections.