Atiku to declare his 2015 presidential bid under APC on September 24
Nigeria’s former Vice President (under President Olusegun Obasanjo), Atiku Abubakar, is set to announce another run for the presidential spot during the 2015 election on the platform of the opposition All Progressives Congress
He is scheduled to announce on September 24, 2014, according to his media adviser Garba Shehu. In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, it was announced that the Atiku’s 2015 campaign will be managed by a former minister, Babalola Borishade. The statement read:
“Borishade is also a well-known political strategist who worked for the victory of the late Gen. Shehu Musa Yar’Adua and thereafter, the late Chief M. K. O. Abiola on the platform of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP).
“Borisade also worked as the strategist for President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999 and 2003 elections, both of which were won resoundingly.”
Atiku added that “This is not about me; it is about our young people. It is about Nigerians. It is their future, not the past. It is about reforming government, securing the people and reconciling the nation.”
“Turaki is of the view that 2015 is special and a potential turning point in Nigeria’s history. We need to seize the moment; to give every Nigerian a chance to help redefine Nigeria as a place for them and their children to prosper and feel safe”, the statement said.
Abubakar who is almost 68 years old had a very public, contentious tangle with retired Gen. Obasanjo. Atiku is a founding member of the ruling PDP since 1999. He challenged Obasanjo in 2007 and incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011.
USAfrica news index show Atiku had been mending fences with Obasanjo and other PDP heavyweights. It will be an uphill task for him to win the nomination of the APC with former military ruler and conservative Muslim Mohammadu Buhari, ex-Governor of Lagos State Bola Tinubu and several social progressives one of who told USAfricaonline.com that “Atiku seems too desperate to be President. He’s an interloper in APC….”By Chido Nwangwu, Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public policy networks, Houston.
•Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (Governance, Security, and Peace in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown University in Rhode Island and former adviser on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn e-mail: Chido247@Gmail.com wireless 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).
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