President Goodluck Jonathan captured all of 2,812 votes cast at the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP National Convention held at the Eagle Square, Abuja to emerge as the party’s presidential candidate for the 2015 polls.
Shortly after his emergence, Jonathan picked his Vice-president, Namadi Sambo as his running mate and said: “I stand before you to accept your nomination as the candidate of our great party. I am greatly honoured, I will not fail the party. I will not fail our nation.”
A southern Christian, Nigeria’s leader has come under fire for his inability to curb the activities coming from the dreaded Islamic-sect Boko Haram and faces a tough re-election battle. Underlining the country’s security woes, a suicide bomber killed four in Kano on Wednesday.
Meanwhile the All Progressives Congress, APC was still voting for a candidate that will attempt to wrestle people from Jonathan. Two political heavyweights lead the five-strong field for the APC ticket, a former military Head of State Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice-president Atiku Abubakar. Both are Muslims from the north.
Buhari is the frontrunner. He has huge grassroots support and he is seen as one of the few leaders in the country’s history who was tough on corruption after he seized power in a 1983 coup. He was deposed less than two years later.