Voting was on as at press time at the National Convention venue of the Peoples Democratic Party in Port Harcourt, Rivers State for the emergence of the party’s presidential candidate.
The commencement of the electoral process was preceded by several meetings by the leaders of the party and aspirants for the office of the president in the 2019 election.
The final outcome of the meetings was that the leaders of the party, especially the governors elected on the platform of the PDP, agreed not to back any of the aspirants openly.
This therefore led to pitching for votes before the commencement of voting.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Senate President Bukola Saraki made 11th hour pitches to woo the undecided among the 3,600 delegates at the National Convention.
Abubakar promised to build Nigeria’s economy by creating wealth and jobs if elected to represent the PDP in the 2019 election.
He also said he would provide healthcare to Nigerians.
He said: “Four years ago, the people of Nigeria voted for change; today they are not happy with the change they received; government has become less transparent.
“I ask for your support in picking the PDP ticket; together we can truly get Nigeria working again.”
Saraki urged all the 3,600 delegates at the convention to vote for him.
He stated that the people need a leader like him in the 21st century, adding that poverty is affecting Nigeria.
He said: “Unfortunately poverty does not know party, ethnicity or religion.”
He blamed issues of poverty on what he alleged to be APC’s poor governance and appealed to the delegates to vote for him for a government of inclusion which according to him, is what Nigeria needs now.
“If you want a 21st century leader, you will vote for me. A vote for me is a vote for the youth, for inclusive governance,” he said.
Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo said he has solutions to Nigeria’s problems, adding: “I am highly experienced to lead Nigeria as a president.”
Attahiru Bafarawa said he would implement the resolutions of the past national conferences and take Nigeria to greater heights.
Jonah Jang pledged quality leadership and to right the wrongs of past leadership, while securing Nigeria in all spheres.
Datti Ahmed spoke about his capacity to provide quality leadership.