Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has congratulated Bola Tinubu, former Lagos governor, on clinching the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
On Wednesday, Tinubu polled 1,271 votes to conquer 13 other presidential aspirants.
Rotimi Amaechi, former minister of transportation and top contender, gained 316 votes, while Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo got 235 votes.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan, the ”consensus candidate” of Abdullahi Adamu, APC national chairman, polled 152 votes, while Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi, got 47 votes.
In a statement on Wednesday, Abubakar, a former vice-president, described the primary that produced Tinubu as APC candidate as a “hard-fought contest.”
“Congratulations, Bola Tinubu on your emergence as your party’s presidential candidate,” he wrote on Twitter.
“It has been a hard-fought contest, but that you prevailed confirms your tenacity.”
On May 28, Atiku was elected as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with 371 votes, after defeating Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers and his closest challenger, who secured 237 votes.
Tinubu, in a congratulatory message after the primary, had called Tinubu a “worthy opponent”.