Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has officially declared his intention to run on the platform of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), describing his decision as historic and expressing hopes that Nigerians will play a crucial role in making it a reality.
Abubakar who opened an event at the International Conference Centre in Abuja as part of activities marking his declaration, said he would be running this time on a message to foster economic prosperity and unity across Nigeria, a nation of several ethnic and religious groups whose enduring bulwarks were repeatedly shattered over the past seven years.
The race will be the fifth time Abukakar will seek to be Nigeria’s president.
He was a major party flagbearer in two of the previous five attempts, including in 2019 when he mounted an ardent challenge to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari. He started running in 1992 under the Social Democratic Party and has sought office in every presidential election since 2007.
Abubakar will be countered for the main opposition’s ticket by other candidates like Aminu Tambuwal, Dele Momodu, Bukola Saraki, Anyim Pius Anyim, amongst other declared and yet-to-declare contenders.