Former national chairman of the party, Chief Barnabas Gemade, had 17 votes.
conceded victory to Obasanjo and embraced the victor, Rimi noted that his loss was partly due to the fact that the party had earlier zoned the office out of his geo-political place of birth.
Ekwueme's chief campaigner also recalled the previous election of the party at which Gemade
emerged winner over a founding member of the party, Chief Sunday Awoniyi.
In the present instance, the order would have been Ekwueme, Gemade
, Nwachukwu, Obasanjo, Rimi.
In a tension soaked convention marked by high wire intrigues, incumbent President Olusegun Obasanjo clinched the party's presidential ticket, beating Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Alhaji Abubakar Rimi, and Chief Barnabas Gemade.