Sunday, 29 May 2022

74 Years Old Atiku Abubakar's Long Journey Attempts To Become Nigeria's President


 

Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has emerged as the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.


The former Vice President, emerged the Presidential candidate of the party after a keenly contested primary with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, coming second.


History of Presidential Contest


Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has been on a quest to be President of Nigeria since 1992 when he contested within the then Social Democratic Party fresh from his removal as the Deputy Director of the Nigerian Customs Service.


He was pushed for the top job by his Political mentor, Major General Sheu Musa Yar'Dua (rtd) through the then Political Group the Peoples Front.


After the emergence of Chief M.K.O Abiola as the Presidential Candidate of the Party, he was again pushed as the Vice Presiential Candidate but Chief Abiola settled for the National Chairman of the SDP, Alhaji Babagana Kingibe.


Following the return of Democracy in 1999 he contested to be governor of Adamawa State and won with Mr Bonnie Haruna as his deputy.


He had emerged as the Leader of the Successor grouping to the Peoples Front, the Peoples Democratic Movement which became very influential within the Peoples Democratic Party.


He was tapped to be the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples DemocratiC Party by former Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo and he emerge as a part of that Joint Ticket.


He attempted to be President again under the Peoples Democratic Party in 2007 but was perevented and defected to the Action Congress on whose platform he contested and lost.


He went back to the PDP and contested within the party but lost out to then President Goodluck Jonathan, he later defected to the All Progressives Congress follwoing disagreenment within the Peoples Democratic Party and contested for the 2015 Presidential Ticket with President Muhammadu Buhari and Others.


He lost out and later returned to the PDP and emerged as the Party's flagbearer in the 2019 Election and lost to President Muhammadu Buhari.


He has now again clinched the PDP Ticket as the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2023 Election.


He is a formidable Politician who has built a very loyal and wide following across the Country through the Peoples Democratic Movement with a formidable warchest.


He is married with 4 wives and 28 Children and many Grandchildren, He is 74. 


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