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22:40 – The results are in. Atiku Abubakar scored the highest number of votes.
Atiku Abubakar – 371
Nyesom Wike – 237
Bukola Saraki – 70
Udom Emmanuel – 38
Bala Mohammed – 20
Anyim Pius Anyim – 14
Mrs Tari Diana Oliver- 1
Sam Ohuabunwa – 1
22:22: Sorting of the votes has commenced.
20:35: Aminu Tambuwal steps down for Atiku Abubakar!
20:27 – Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, lists the number of delegates per state.
20:10 – After the candidates’ pitches, voting is set to commence.
20:02 – Presidential aspirant Nyesom Wike addresses the delegates.
20:00 – Presidential aspirant Charlie Ugwu addresses the delegates.
19:54 – Presidential aspirant Aminu Tambuwal addresses the delegates.
19:50 – Presidential aspirant Bukola Saraki addresses the delegates.
19:45 – The only female presidential aspirant in the race, Tari Diana Oliver, addresses the delegates.
19:40 – Presidential aspirant Sam Ohuabunwa addresses the delegates.
19:36 – Presidential aspirant Dele Momodu addresses the delegates.
19:30 – Presidential aspirant Bala Mohammed addresses the delegates.
19:28 – Presidential aspirant Chikwendu Kalu addresses the delegates.
19:23 – Presidential aspirant, Ayodele Fayose, is now addressing the delegates.
19:18 – Presidential aspirant Udom Emmanuel is now addressing the delegates.
19:13 – Presidential aspirant Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim addresses the delegates.
19:05 – Presidential aspirant, Dr Nwachukwu Anakwenze, addresses the delegates.
18:57 – Presidential aspirant Atiku Abubakar addresses the delegates.
18:41 – PDP National Secretary, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu, delivers his remarks.
18:30 – National Chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu, delivers his remarks.
He formally declares the convention open.
18: 24 – Chairman, PDP Board of Trustees, Sen. Walid Jibrin, delivers his remarks.
18:17 – Chairman of the National Convention Organizing Committee (NCOC), Senator David Mark, delivers his remarks.
16:55 – Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Fintiri tells Channels Television that Mohammed Hayatu-Deen has stepped down for Atiku Abubakar in the race for the party’s presidential ticket.
Hayatu-Deen announced earlier that he was exiting the race but did not say he was supporting any particular candidate.
15:30 – PDP Chieftain Bode George admits the party has been rocked with a number of crises.
“But our ability to rise above these crises will be a measure of our competence,” he said.
13:47 – The PDP has rejected speculations that it has postponed its National Convention.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP states in very clear terms that is has not postponed its 2022 Special National Convention,” a statement signed by spokesperson Debo Ologunagba said.
“The 2022 Special National Convention of the PDP is on course as scheduled today, Saturday May 28, 2022 and there is no contemplation whatsoever for postponement.”
More than 10 aspirants are vying for the presidential ticket of the PDP in today’s National Convention.
They include former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Senate President Bukola Saraki and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has pledged his support to whichever of the PDP presidential aspirants emerges.
“I’d want to speak on two things,” he remarked. The first is the gathering. Let me promise that whomever emerges here today will have my complete backing. Because I’m a loyal party member, I’ll give the individual my complete support. Because I adore this gathering. Because I’ve been a member of this party since 1998. This is the party for which I work. I have no intention of leaving. “This is my gathering.”
Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has announced his withdrawal from the presidential contest.
Aspirants to the presidency address the delegates, pleading for votes.
Mohammed Hayatu-Deen stood aside for Atiku Abubakar in the fight for the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential ticket, according to Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Fintiri.
Delegates give Governor Nyesom Wike a standing ovation as he arrives at the site.
Bala Muhammed, the governor of Bauchi State and a PDP presidential candidate, has stated that he is not willing to stand aside for any presidential candidate.
Senator Walid Jibril, Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT), has stated that while the party has abandoned zoning, there is still opportunity for compromise.
Walid informed reporters at the convention site that all of the candidates are aware of the party’s position.
He also stated that the convention will elect Nigeria’s president in 2023.
“This convention will inform Nigerians and PDP members that the next president of Nigeria will come from the PDP,” Walid stated.
“That is why you see this location is buzzing with activity; men and women are gathering here because the next President of Nigeria will be elected here.”
“Anyone who rises today, whether from the North, the South-South, the South West, or the South East, is capable of becoming the country’s president.”
“You already know there’s no zoning, but there’s still room for agreement.”
When Anyim Pius Anyim arrives, he should make his way past the delegates.