The former vice president, Atiku Abubakar yeterday became the first high profile politician to declare his candidacy for the presidency at the next year’s general elections, a stament from his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said.
According to the statement by his spokesmen, Akitu announced that he will make a declaration for the ticket on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 in Abuja.
The Statement read: “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 quoted Atiku as saying.
According to Shehu, campaign for Atiku’s political ambition will be anchored by a former minister, Prof. Babalola Borishade.
“Borishade is also a well-known political strategist who worked for the victory of the late Gen. Shehu Musa Yar’Adua and thereafter, 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,” the statement reads.