Nigeria Decides 2019 Politics

Atiku casts his vote, says he’s looking forward to a successful transition

45 political parties in CUPP adopt Atiku as presidential candidate

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has cast his vote in Yola, Adamawa State.

He voted in the company of his wife, Titi Abubakar.

Dressed in a flowing Babanriga and a matching cap, both with subtle green embroidery, Atiku cast his ballot about 10.05am.

Monitored reports said it took him about six minutes to go through accreditation and voting.

Addressing a throng of local and international journalists, he said, when asked of his impression of the polls, “So far so good. I am impressed with turn out, and I hope INEC officials would be able to cope with the turnout.”

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Asked in Hausa what he made of his chances, he said, “I will be the one to be announced the winner. I look forward to a successful transition.”

In response to a question on whether he would accept the results, Atiku answered, “I am a democrat.”

Atiku is the major presidential contender hoping to wrest power from incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, who is seeking re-election under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) platform.

Buhari, who voted earlier, had said when asked if he would accept whatever be the outcome of the election, said that he will be the winner and was going to be congratulating himself at the end of the poll.

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