2019 election: Atiku set to finally declare intention to run for presidency in Yola
After consultations, Atiku declares for president on Saturday
Yola, Nigeria, 20 July 2018: After several months of
consultations with critical stakeholders in Nigeria and
members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice
President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar will on Saturday, 21 July,
make a formal declaration to contest the 2019 presidential
election under the PDP.
A press release from the media office of the former Vice
President notes that Atiku will be making his declaration at a
political rally in Yola, the capital of his home state of
According to the press release, 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.
Atiku Abubakar has embarked on nationwide consultative
visits to many states across the country where he met with
stakeholders in the PDP. He has visited all but one of the
states in the South-South geo-political zone, as well as some
states in the South-East geo-political zone.
Just this week, the former Vice President and leading
presidential hopeful, embarked on visitations to states in the
North-East zone where he met with stakeholders from Borno,
Yobe, Gombe, Taraba and culminating with a grand rally in his
honour by the Adamawa State Peoples Democratic Party in
Yola on Saturday, 21 July.
The release however notes that the consultative visits to other
geo-political zones of the country will continue in earnest
after the formal declaration.
It notes further that Atiku’s declaration today will be followed
with the unveiling of a policy document that will give a clear
direction to the solutions that the former Vice President hopes
to bring to bear in governance if elected president of the
“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
“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”, the statement added.
The statement thanks PDP stakeholders from states already
visited for the warm reception accorded the former Vice
President and his delegation and remarks that “Atiku looks
forward to a robust consultation in visits to other states on his
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