- Atiku Abubakar will be formally declaring for 2019 presidency on Saturday, July 21
- The formal declaration by Atiku would be made in Yola, the Adamawa state capital city
- The Atiku Media Office said the decision by the former vice president to make his declaration followed wide consultations with top politicians and stakeholders in PDP
A former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has finally decided to make a declaration about his ambition to run for the 2019 presidential election.
Atiku's decision followed several months of consultations with stakeholders and top politicians of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
NAIJ.com gathered that the former vice president will be making a formal declaration to contest under the platform of the PDP on Saturday, July 21.
Statement from the Atiku media office said the former vice president will be making his declaration at a political rally in Yola, the capital of his home state of Adamawa.
The statement said Atiku’s decision to join the presidential race in 2019 is in response to the yearnings of majority of Nigerians to enthrone a government that will fix the country’s broken economy, strengthen national unity and create much-needed jobs for Nigerians.
“After extensive consultations with his family, Nigerians of diverse dispensations at home and abroad, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar has decided to make a formal bid for the 2019 presidential election race under the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)," the statement said.
It also said that the former vice president had embarked on nationwide consultative visits to many states across the country where he met with stakeholders in the PDP.
Atiku is said to have visited all but one of the states in the southsouth geo-political zone, as well as some states in the southeast region.
“The campaign’s policy documents being baked by policy experts from diverse backgrounds and youth professionals across the country will be unveiled as soon as the process is concluded.
"The policy document covers a large area of Nigeria’s national life including the economy, restructuring, education, healthcare, agriculture, youth and women development among many others.
"Atiku looks forward to a robust consultation in visits to other states on his schedule," the statement added.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Atiku had visited a former military head of state, Ibrahim Babangida, in his Minna hilltop home days after defecting from the ruling party.
Atiku was led to the upper chamber of IBB house by Niger state deputy governor Ahmed Mohammad Ketso who earlier received the former vice president.
He made the visit alongside a former governor of Niger stateBabangida Aliyu.
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