It was a very long drawn process that went into the early hours of friday morning, but eventually all the votes from all the delegates in all 36 states were counted and Tunde Adediran, the Chief Returning Officer of PDP announced the total tally of votes.
Out of a total of 3542 votes, Mr Jonathan pulled 2736 while his closest rival Mr Atiku scored 805. Sarah Jubril got only one vote.
The highlight was of the night probably was the defeat of Atiku in his home state of Adamawa. In many ways that might have been the sign that indicated that it might not be a good night for Atiku Abubakar. Goodluck Jonathan won Adawama 76-31. On the flip side, Goodluck won all 67 delegates from his home state, Bayelsa
During the opening speech by Atiku, Mr. Abubakar, for what seemed to be the 100th time, furiously accused alleged disrespect for the party’s zoning policy by his “main opponent”, Mr. Jonathan.
“In 2002, an expanded caucus of our great party met and reaffirmed that policy,” he read from a prepared speech.
“My main opponent was at that meeting and voted in favour of that resolution. He signed as number 35 on the list. Today, he pretends that that meeting never took place and that the resolution never happened.
“Yet, he would not summon a meeting of our party to discuss that issue and if deemed appropriate jettison it. In fact, on October 27, 2010, he publicly declared that zoning does not exist in our party. Talk about throwing away the ladder that got you up there! That is not the kind of person you would entrust the fate of this country,” Mr. Abubakar said.
He warned that “If rules can be thrown away by just anyone who feels that he is powerful enough to do so, then it is an invitation to lawlessness and anarchy. Nobody wants that.
“Our word must be our bond. But my main opponent believes in doing things simply because it is convenient. He does not seem to care if the country is thrown into chaos and anarchy as long as he remains in power. This is dangerous,” he stressed.
The long-awaited event earlier billed for 10am yesterday, set off later actually late afternoon amid strict security presence that frisked every entrant to the venue ranging from party locals from the states, governors, and federal lawmakers.
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