👤 By Abdul Tukur
ABUJA — Atiku Abubakar has obtained the nomination form from the headquarters of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to run for President.
Alhaji Abubakar, 71, a former Vice President of Nigeria, wept when he picked up his Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms at Wadata House today.
DENISAURUS News was told that Mohammed Wakil, the DG of the Saraki Presidential Campaign Organization, has also picked the Presidential Nomination and Expression of Interest forms from for the Senate President Bukola Saraki, following his decision to contest for the position of Commander-in-Chief. Senator Saraki, 55, will also contest under the platform of the PDP.
The elections scheduled to hold in February 2019, will also be contested by President Muhammadu Buhari, who has lost a lot of goodwill since the election where he defeated an incumbent for the first time in Nigeria’s history.
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The PDP have set the sum of N12 million for the price of its presidential ticket, compared to the All Progressives Congress who are charging N55 million.
The 71-year-old Business man, who founded American University of Nigeria in 2004, had his form bought for him.
At his declaration of intention this afternoon, he said: “The event today (purchase of nomination form) is significant and historic because this is the only time in my political career that young men and women in this country have come together without my knowledge or even consent to contribute their own hard-earned money to buy me an Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms.
“You could have seen that one of the ladies who spoke virtually succeeded in getting me to weep. This is because she aptly described the challenges every Nigerian is facing in this country today and she believed honestly and sincerely from the bottom of her heart that I could be an instrument of addressing those challenges.
“So, for such a woman to believe that I have got those leadership qualities and including those of you who have brought out your monies to by this form, is one of the most serious challenges I have ever faced in my political career.
“And believe me, addressing those challenges is possible because we have brought young men and women, Nigerians who have got the talents, who have got the education, who have got the experience, who have got all what it take to honestly turn this country around.”