By Myke Uzendu, Abuja
Former Vice President and Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is set to make a public declaration of his intention to run for the Presidency come 2019 today in Yola.
As a prelude to the declaration, Atiku was involved in several months of consultations with critical stakeholders in Nigeria and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
A press release from the media office of the former Vice President yesterday in Abuja notes that Atiku will be making his declaration at a political rally in Yola, the capital of his home state of Adamawa.
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.
The statement reads, “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 had 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.
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 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 country.
“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 concluded.
“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 schedule.”
Recall that Atiku Abubakar had four unsuccessful shot on the number one position with the Peoples Democratic Party, Action Congress of Nigeria, and the All Progressives Congress.