In the PDP convention holding today (Sunday), it was gathered that nearly all delegates from Ebonyi State voted for the former vice-president. Abubakar and Tambuwal shared the votes of Enugu State delegates, it was gathered.
However, Atiku beat Tambuwal in the allocation of the votes of delegates from Imo, Abia and Anambra states, according to sources among the South-East contingent to the convention.
It was disclosed that Tambuwal’s closeness to some governors in the zone was what prevented Atiku from recording a clean sweep of the votes of the South-East.
“Most of us from the South-East voted for Atiku Abubakar. I know for a fact that Ebonyi delegates voted massively for him.
“Atiku got the backing of majority of the delegates from the other states in the zone, although Tambuwal was able to record a considerable number of votes.
“One of the governors (in the South-East) has a close relationship with Tambuwal and that had a major influence on the way delegates from his state voted, otherwise Abubakar would have recorded something approaching a clean sweep of the votes from the zone,” the delegate said.
A former National Auditor of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ray Nnaji, has hailed Atiku’s emergence as the party’s presidential candidate stating that the former vice-president has what it takes to defeat the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress.