Former Nigerian VP to run for president in 2019

Atiku Abubakar

Former Nigerian vice president Atiku Abubakar has declared his intention to run for the presidency in the 2019 elections on a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ticket.

Abubakar made the announcement on Tuesday in Port Harcourt, just four months after decamping from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party.

This is the 71-year-old’s fifth run for the presidency. His most recent attempt came in 2015 where he lost the APC candidature to incumbent Muhammadu Buhari.

In November 2017, he left the APC party, accusing its leadership of “instituting a regime of draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy.”

He joined the PDP in December, though did not declare his intentions for the presidency immediately.

President Buhari has however not declared his candidacy for 2019 race. Some members of the APC urge him not to seek re-election.

In 2017 the 75-year-old Buhari spent two periods culminating in more than 100 days in London, receiving medical treatment for an unknown illness.

Former minister of communications Adebayo Shittu, who played a prominent role in Buhari’s 2015 campaign, earlier this year said he would chair a group to support the re-election of the president and his deputy Yemi Osinbajo. This was seen as a huge boost in his re-election drive.

The presidential election is set to be held on 16 February, 2019.