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Atiku announces 2023 Presidential ambition, begs for new opportunity

Nigeria’s former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has formally informed the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of his intentions to run for President in the coming 2023 general elections.

He made his intention known on Tuesday during a meeting with the PDP leaders in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who served as Vice President during the eight years administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, from 1999 to 2007, has made several unsuccessful attempts to become Nigeria’s President.

In his most recent attempt to become President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar flied the ticket of the People’s Democrctic Party (PDP) in 2019 but trailed behind the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, after gathering 11 million votes as against the 15 million votes scored by President Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Atiku however begged leaders of the PDP for another opportunity to contest for President in the upcoming 2023 Presidential election. He promised to build bridges across the regions if given the ticket to fly the party’s flag when Nigerians go to the poll next year.

He said: “Please join me in building bridges across this country so that every part of this country will have a sense of belonging,” he told the crowd of PDP leaders at the meeting.

“Leaders, elders, wise men of our great party, I call on you to please give me another opportunity to advance all these ideals of our party so that we can consolidate democracy, unity, and development of our country.”

March 15, 2021 - Alhaji Atiku Abubakar speaking during the BOT meeting of the People's Democratic Party (PDP)

The former vice president thanked the PDP leaders for honouring his invitation to attend the meeting.

At the end of the discussion, he took to social media to share photos of the meeting.

“Today’s meeting with the Board of Trustees of the PDP shows clearly that our party is organic and ready to lead Nigeria into a brighter future,” he said in a post on his verified twitter handle.

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