Atiku Abubakar
Atiku Abubakar

Former Nigerian Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, said on Tuesday he had the chances of becoming Nigeria President on two occasions if he was desperate to be, but declined on both occasions for the unity of Nigeria.

Atiku spoke to reporters in the northern city of Kaduna.

The former Vice President said in 1992, it was on record that he stepped down for the late presidential Moshood Abiola, when it was clear that he was the favorite to get the Social Democratic Party (SPD) ticket on which the Abiola later contested as its candidate.

Again, Atiku added that in 2003, he declined when the majority of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors unanimously endorsed him for President but that he declined because of his loyalty to then President, Olusegun Obasanjo.

According to him, he is not desperate of becoming Nigeria President as his critics think.

“If I was desperate to be president, I couldn’t have stepped down for MKO and Obasanjo,” he said, noting that he had chances but I declined for the unity and progress of the country which has remained my number one priority.

On his 2019 presidency plan, he said the cap fits him better having been Vice President of Nigeria for 8 years, he was best equipped for the job than any other candidate.

On the economy, the former Vice President said the economy was not working on a good direction as according to him, the economy needed total overhauling.

With the current state of the economy, no investor would be willing to come and invest in the country as the apex bank has three prices for any investor who wants to buy a dollar, he said.
This is utterly disgusting for any investor, he told reporters.

“I want to come and correct this and ensure that the price for dollar is uniform at the bank not differently as it is now,” he added. Enditem


  1. Call it desperation or not, Atiku is better prepared to lead Nigeria and even speaks and answers questions better than what we have today.
    I support him jor, We are tired of accidental, unqualified and unprepared leaders.


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