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2023: Atiku declares for presidency

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FORMER Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has joined the race for People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s primary for 2023 presidential election.

  Atiku declared his intention during a press conference in International Conference Centre, Abuja, yesterday.

  Predicating his ambition to lay claim to the topmost job in Nigeria on his belief that only him has what the country needs to bridge the gap in economic development, Atiku promised to carry everybody along in national affairs.

  It will be recalled that Atiku’s latest ambition is the sixth time, if he wins PDP’s ticket, that he will be participating in the country’s presidential election, having taking part in four previous elections before contesting against President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general election.

  So far, former Senate Presidents Pius Ayim and Bukola Saraki, Dele Momodu, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and others have indicated their interests for PDP’s presidential ticket.

  In a related development, governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has said that People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is not considering zoning of the presidency to any particular region of the country in the 2023 presidential election.

  Tambuwal stated this to newsmen in Minna after separate meetings with former military president, Ibrahim Babangida and former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar.

  “The main issue has been that political parties will throw out candidates and allow Nigerians to decide who to elect as their president. The emergence of former President Olusegun Obasanjo from southwestern part of the country in 1999 was a deliberate action by the political class to address a particular concern after the annulment of June 12, 1993 presidential election. Zoning of power to the southwestern part of the country was meant to assuage a particular situation at that time; not meant to completely erode the constitutional right of Nigerian citizens,” he said.

Similarly, All Progressives Congress (APC) says it will not be distracted in organising a successful national convention.

  Governor of Yobe State and Chairman of APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Mai Mala Buni, stated this in a statement issued by his spokesman, Mamman Mohammed in Damaturu, yesterday.

  “We remain a united family, with much respect to our president and to one another and loyal to our party. We are collectively committed to the success of the forthcoming national convention, and we will not be diverted from this noble cause of moving the APC forward,” asserted Buni.

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