Two factors worked for Atiku Abubakar’s victory. One is his campaign on restructuring which earned him the support of delegates from South East, South West and South-South.
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State said all delegates from the state voted for Atiku to help in his fight for restructuring the country.
Some other issues played out in the build up to the convention, including the 11th hour endorsement of Atiku by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and other generals, which necessitated the presence of Mr Aliyu Gusau at the convention.
A member of Atiku campaign organisation, who does not want his name in print, said the major decider was the 11th hour support of the candidature of Atiku by Mr Obasanjo and other past generals.
Another factor that worked for Atiku is the resolve of some northern delegates to vote for a candidate that has the clout to stand against Mr Buhari in 2019.
“If you take a look at all the aspirants, you will observe that Atiku is the most formidable candidate that can stand Buhari in any election. I do not mean that other aspirants are not credible but you needed somebody that has a clout to march Buhari head on and that personality is Atiku Abubakar,” said a delegate who pleaded anonymity.
Another source said Atiku won the primaries because some PDP governors and other stakeholders took him for granted.
But Coordinator of Atiku Media Office, Mr Paul Ibe, said the delegates voted with passion in order for PDP to reclaim power and fix the socio-economic, political and security challenges bedevilling the nation.