Nigeria's main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has elected former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar to take on the incumbent Muhammadu Buhari in next February's election.
Our correspondents at the event gathered that while some of the governors boycotted the National Convention to register their grievances over the maltreatment the national leadership of the party melted on them, others stayed out to fight the battle raging in their states for the conduct of rescheduled primaries.
NAN reports that 14, 842, 072 members of the APC had at the party's National Presidential Convention in Abuja, affirmed President Buhari as the candidate of the party for the 2019 Presidential Election.
Tambuwal came behind Atiku with 698 votes.
"All the doubting Thomases that thought we would all walk out after the results have been announced, we are not going anywhere but walking with Atiku to victory".
Abubakar hopes to replicate Buhari's 2015 feat of winning a presidential election at the fourth attempt after he left the ruling APC party in November and re-joined the PDP a month later.
"I am prepared to take your advice, work with you as we together succeed in 2019".
Mr Dankwambo scored 111 votes at the convention.
In his acceptance speech, Abubakar said he learnt a lot under Obasanjo when he served as his deputy from 1999 to 2007.
Mr Abubakar, who spoke without a prepared script, commended his challengers, saying they showed "a sense of unity, a sense of objective and a sense of commitment".
"I can not do it alone, I need your support, your assistance, I need your understanding and I need your participation".
"I can not compel all the 14 governors to vote a particular aspirant".
He described President Muhammadu Buhari as clueless, adding that the PDP can not afford to fail at the general election.
Abubakar has already run for the presidency four times.