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Atiku announces 2027 presidential bid amid PDP challenges

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar announced his intention to run for the presidency of Nigeria in the 2027 election, despite the current challenges faced by his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

This marks his seventh attempt at the nation’s highest office, continuing a three-decade-long pursuit of the presidency.

Atiku, who ran as the PDP candidate in the 2023 presidential election, secured 6,984,520 votes, finishing second to President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who won with 8,794,726 votes.

Undeterred by previous setbacks, the 77-year-old vice president from 1999 to 2007 expressed his determination to keep striving for the presidency.

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“God willing,” Atiku told Voice of America Hausa when asked if he would run again. He emphasized his unwavering commitment to the presidential race, saying he would continue as long as he has the “strength, health, and longevity.”

Drawing a parallel to American history, Atiku remarked, “A former President of America, Abraham Lincoln, didn’t he live seven times?” highlighting his resolve to persist in his political ambitions.

Recognizing the need for strategic alliances, Atiku acknowledged the necessity for the PDP to collaborate with other parties to reclaim power from the incumbent APC.

“As the PDP stands right now, it is the only one standing up for election. There is no way it will win the election. It requires joining forces with other parties,” he stated.

Atiku’s announcement sets the stage for a significant political battle in 2027, as he seeks to unite opposition forces and navigate the complex landscape of Nigerian politics to achieve his long-held presidential aspirations.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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