Former Vice President of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar has announced his intention to run for President of Nigeria in the next elections.
In a meeting at an undisclosed location, Abubakar, 75, announcedkers from the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party. The comments were made public in a video posted to social media on Thursday, and a spokesman confirmed them.
“I chose you to be one of the first people I’ll meet to personally declare my intention to run for President of Nigeria in 2023,” Abubakar said.
Abubakar’s comments were made during consultations with party stakeholders, according to the spokesman, and a formal announcement could come in the coming weeks
President Muhammadu Buhari’s second and last term will end in May 2023, and Abubakar is seeking to succeed him. According to a timeline given by Nigeria’s electoral commission last week, presidential elections will take place on Feb. 25.
In 2019, Abubakar ran for President of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and received 41% of the vote, compared to 56% for Buhari. Later, he attempted but failed to overturn the election results in court.
“I respectfully submit myself to you and beg your support in helping our party win the presidential ticket,” Abubakar, who served as Nigeria’s vice president from 1999 to 2007, told the crowd