To the surprise of many, Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State has emerged winner of a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary election poll.
The online poll conducted by the national newspaper, Daily Trust drew a response from 17,925 respondents who were asked to respond to the question: “Who is the best candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)?”
The respondents had an option of choosing between Ibrahim Hassan, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Senate President Bukola Saraki or Sen. Rab’iu Musa Kwankwaso.
While Ibrahim Hassan scored 68 per cent of all votes cast, Atiku and Saraki got 11 per cent each and Kwankwaso got 10 per cent.
Atiku, Saraki and Kwankwaso had led the charts in previous polls of the same nature.
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Dankwambo is a 56-year-old former Accountant General of the Federation and former Accountant General of Gombe.
He is presently serving his second term as governor of the North-Eastern state.
Dankwambo, while declaring his presidential ambition on August 4, said, “After wide consultations with party members & Nigerians of diverse backgrounds! I, Dr Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo will be running for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the platform of our great party, the People’s Democratic Party.”
Like all 11 other presidential aspirants of the party, Dankwambo is presently in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where the National Convention of the PDP is ongoing.
The presidential flagbearer of the party will emerge from the convention.