Nigerian Former Vice President Mr Atiku Abubakar has said 2019 presidency is not a do or die for him and what he and his party the PDP is concerned about how to make Nigeria work again.
According to one of his close aide, Mr. Yinusa Sani who spoke to Olikareporters.com, the Waziri Adamawa is ready to work with whoever gets the party`s flag to make sure these people who have turned Nigeria 40 years backwards are swept out of office by 2019.
He said: “There is one thing Nigerians must know about His Excellency Atiku Abubakar, which is his selflessness and commitment to the growth of the country”.
The Waziri Adamawa is not desperate to be President, what himself and all well meaning Nigerians are fighting for is for Nigeria to return to the path of greatness and end the hunger and starvation which the current government under the leadership of President Buhari has inflicted on the people of this great country”.
“Atiku has said he want to be President but if he doesn’t get the Ticket, whoever gets it among the aspirants in the party must surely defeat Buhari because he is going to enjoy our total support,” concluded Yinusa Sani who is the North West deputy coordinator of Atiku Abubakar Vanguard.
Mr. Atiku Abubakar, Waziri Adamawa, GCON was born 25 November 1946, was the Vice-President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. He is a Muslim, native of Adamawa State and was an influential founding member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) until 2006 when he switched affiliation to the Action Congress party. The former Vice President made a controversial return to the PDP in 2009 and left again to join the ruling APC.
Abubakar came up the ranks of the PDP primarily, due to the pivotal role he played in its formation. He was also an ardent opponent of General Sani Abacha, the late dictator.
Atiku’s source of wealth had caused some curiosity among Nigerians but that also goes for many other wealthy Nigerians. He has said in a biography that he made his money, “through wise investments, hard work and sheer luck of being at the right place at the right time”.
Atiku attended Jada Primary School, 1954–1960, Adamawa Provinsional School, Yola, 1961 to 1965, with Advance Level studies in Economics, British Economic History, Government and Hausa Language, School of hygiene Kano, 1966–1967, graduating with Royal Society of Health Diploma, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1967, graduating with Diploma in Law, in 1969
Atiku joined the Customs and Excise department in 1969, serving in Seme, Kano, Maiduguri, Kaduna, Ibadan and Lagos. He rose to the rank of Deputy Director (second in command nationwide). Since then, he has attended courses in Leadership Management, Drug Enforcement and Control in Finland, Egypt and United States of America.
Abubakar went into private business after his retirement, with interests in oil Services, agriculture, food and beverages, print media, insurance, pharmaceuticals, and education.
His reported philanthropic activities have included building of schools and mosques across the country, sponsorship of local and foreign treatment of citizens with aggravated medical problems, as well as local/oversea scholarships to disadvantaged Nigerian students.
Atiku has a reputation for his philanthropic activities, which include building hundreds of schools and mosques all over the country; sponsorship of local and foreign treatment of prominent and ordinary citizens with medical problems beyond their means; awarding local and overseas scholarships to hundreds of Nigerians; as well as employing thousands of Nigerians through his businesses.
Atiku Abubakar is top among the aspirants currently jostling for the 2019 presidential ticket of the major opposition party in Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which he returned to early December, 2017.