PORT HARCOURT NIGERIA. The Waziri of Adamawa Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, 71 a former vice president of Nigeria, will stand as the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate in the forthcoming 2019 presidential elections.
The ex-vice president, who is from the northeastern state of Adamawa, told reporters earlier, that he would privatise parts of the state oil company and allow the Naira, the nations currency to float to attract foreign investment if elected as head of state in the coming elections next year.
He has long enjoyed support from the business elite in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos for his conservative-capitalist ideals and, as vice president in a PDP administration from 1999-2007, he implemented a programme of liberalisation in many areas including the telecoms sector.
The handling of the economy has already emerged as a major issue at the start of the election cycle in Africa’s top oil producer, which also plays a key role in regional wars against Islamist insurgents.
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In the just concluded presidential primaries, he scored 1,532 votes to defeat other candidates in the race, including the governor of the northwestern state of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal, and Nigeria’s Senate President Bukola Saraki, the officials announced.
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.
“This is a victory for all of us. The task to get Nigeria working again starts now,” Abubakar said in a tweet.
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) October 7, 2018