Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election has said he will run for the president’s office again in 2023.
It is however gathered that Atiku would make a formal declaration of his intention before end of March 2022.
According to Vanguard, the hint was dropped by a top member of the PDP who however pleaded not to be mentioned.
He argued that the former vice president is the only candidate that can win a Presidential election for the opposition party, adding that Atiku is widely known nationally and internationally.
“The Wazirin Adamawa will talk to Nigerians once again about his intention to run for the Office of the President in the next general election. He will do so in the first quarter of 2022.”
The PDP chieftain said Atiku is currently reviewing his 2019 Presidential manifesto and will release the document once the review is complete.
“The challenges are basically the same but you will agree with me that a lot has changed in the past four years. So, there is a need to take out some ideas he no longer considers useful to give room for new ones that are pertinent. Work is ongoing on that document and His Excellency once he is satisfied with it, will again address Nigerians,” he added.
The PDP member dismissed rumours that the governors’ forum would back one of their colleagues for the presidential ticket, asking the governors to back Atiku candidacy.
He stated that any governor presently aspiring to vie for the office of the presidency should wait for his time, adding that the PDP must avoid making an unknown person its flagbearer.
“There is no point talking about issues that are neither here nor there. With due respect to our governors, I dare say Atiku is the kind of leader every party prays to have in its fold. He is widely known nationally and internationally. Any governor presently aspiring to the Office of the President should wait for his time. The PDP as a party must avoid the temptation of experimenting with a flag bearer whose chances of taking us to Aso Rock is doubtful,” he added.