Atiku Abubakar has officially put his name in the hat for the office of the Presidency.
On Wednesday, the former vice president declared his intention to run for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential ticket ahead of the 2023 general elections.
For Atiku, this would be the sixth time running following unsuccessful campaigns in 1993, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. He announced his decision to run again at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.
“The most fundamental right of every Nigerian is the right to life. But the APC has failed to protect the life of her citizens… under my Presidency I will not tolerate insecurity.” Atiku said.
“They said we should go back to farms. How can Nigerians return to the farms when you have not secured the farms?”
“When the APC came in 2015, they met a debt profile of N12tn. But now we have more than N32tn in debt. Under my watch, I will reduce borrowing.”
“Nigeria is in dire need of visionary leadership. Presently Nigeria is a sinking ship that must be urgently rescued. That is why I am announcing my candidacy for the President”
READ MORE: Kaduna State Government Declares Curfew in Two Local Government Areas Over Brutal Attacks
“I offer myself to rescue the ship. Under my captainship, this ship will sail to brighter days by the grace of God. This is a journey I will take with all Nigerians.”
“Under my Presidency I will focus on five key areas; unity, security, economy, education and devolving more powers to the federating units. I am the unifier that is coming to bind the broken union. Under my Presidency there will be a new Nigerian where everybody has an equal voice and is heard”
It’s not a certainty yet for Atiku as he’ll be vying for the party’s presidential ticket against other presidential hopefuls like former Senate president Bukola Saraki, Dele Momodu, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal, Pius Ayim and more.