Nigeria's Buhari to face Atiku Abubakar in re-election bid

Saul Bowman
October 8, 2018

Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar attends an interview with Reuters in Abuja, Nigeria May 11, 2018.

Senate presidential and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Bukola Saraki has assured Atiku Abubakar of his support in the 2019 presidential election. "It's a victory for all of us". It is not a one man's job, it is a collective responsibility and I am prepared to listen to you, to take your advice, consult with you, work with you and together, we'll succeed and after we succeed, we shall all be partners in that success.

Other presidential contenders in the PDP at the convention now underway in Port Harcourt include Aminu Tambuwwal, Sule Lamido, Kabiru Turaki, Attahiru Bafarawa, Datti Baba-Ahmed, Ahmed Makarfi, Jonah Jang and David Mark.

"Our party members have spoken and have nominated you as the candidate for the forthcoming Presidential elections".


Ezekwesili, co-founder of the Berlin-based corruption watchdog Transparency International, is best known in Nigeria for creating the BringBackOurGirls movement after Boko Haram jihadists abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in 2014.

A few hours after President Muhammadu Buhari received the ticket of the All Progressive Congress (APC) seeking re-election in 2019, the First Lady, Aisha Buhari took to social media to express her displeasure over the "impunity" taking place in the ruling party.

The politician and business tycoon has made four previous bids for the top job in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation.

The duo went on to win elections in February 1999, and Mr Abubakar was sworn-in as Nigeria's second democratically elected vice-president on May 29, 1999.

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