Former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has officially made known his intention to run for President in 2019 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
He announced his aspiration in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, disclosing that he opted to make his presidential intention to run for President public at the Rivers state capital because he believes Governor Nyesom Wike was the livewire of the party.
Atiku was vice president between 1999 and 2007 on the platform of the PDP. Last December, he left the ruling APC for the PDP, stating that he was on a mission to put Nigeria on the path of growth and set if free from the path of “serial failure” foisted on it by the ruling party.
He asserted that since APC came to power about three years ago, it had destroyed all the major sectors, especially education, health and infrastructural sectors through inadequate budgetary allocations and releases.
The former vice president said he had the capacity to move the country forward following his track record as the then former vice president of Nigeria.
According to him, “We all know what we have gone through in this country in the last three years.
“I can tell you throughout the whole of today that where the PDP left us in the last three years whether in the education sector, in the health sector, or in the economy, we have been going down in every statistics.
“That is why I have offered myself to run for the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2019″.
“Since 2015, we have not seen a 100 kilometres road constructed by the APC federal government anywhere in the country. I have never seen Nigeria so divided along religious, ethnic and regional lines, as a result of the mismanagement of the APC.”
Atiku was in Rivers state with some of his supporters, including a former National Chairman of the PDP, Okwesilieze Nwodo, a former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, a former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Michael Aondoakaa, and a former senator, Abdul Ningi.