Group buys presidential form for ex-VP Atiku

Abubakar Atiku, former Nigerian vice president, has said a group of businessmen, coming under the auspices of the North East Business Community, presented him the presidential form of the Peoples Democratic Party.

“The NEBC presented me with the PDP nomination and expression of interest forms. This was in fulfilment of the promise made when I visited the Jewel state of Gombe late last year,” Atiku said.

He promised never to “betray the confidence” they have in him.

Atiku and members of the group

Atiku is gunning for the presidency of Nigeria on the platform of the opposition party. He, like few other northern aspirants, has shunned the call for power rotation to the southern part of Nigeria at the end of President Muhammadu Buhari’s eight years tenure. Buhari hails from Katsina, also in Nigeria’s north.

Atiku was Nigeria’s vice president between 1999 and 2007. He ran, but unsuccessfully, as the presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress in the 2007 general election, and later as the candidate of the PDP in 2015. He was defeated by incumbent President Buhari.

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