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After 6 attempts, Ex-Vice President Atiku vows to continue contesting Nigerian Presidency



Atiku Abubakar, the 2023 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, has declared his intention to keep contesting the presidency as long as he is alive and healthy.
In an interview with the Voice of America’s Hausa service in Abuja, Atiku drew inspiration from former US President Abraham Lincoln, who contested seven times before winning.
However, he acknowledged that the current state of the PDP requires collaboration with other political groups to win the 2027 presidential election.
Atiku, who will be 81 in 2027, has contested the presidency six times and has been on the ballot three times – in 2007, 2019, and 2023.
His latest statement comes amid speculation of forming a coalition with other political parties, following a recent meeting with Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi.
With his determination and experience, Atiku remains a significant figure in Nigerian politics, and his next move will be closely watched.
Abubakar has contested for Nigerian presidency six times.
1993: Abubakar ran in the Social Democratic Party presidential primaries, but lost to Moshood Abiola and Baba Gana Kingibe.
2007: He was a presidential candidate of the Action Congress in the 2007 presidential election, coming in third to Umaru Yar’Adua of the PDP and Muhammadu Buhari of the ANPP.
2011: Abubakar contested the presidential primaries of the People’s Democratic Party during the 2011 presidential election, losing to incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.
2015: In 2014, he joined the All Progressives Congress ahead of the 2015 presidential election and contested the presidential primaries, losing to Muhammadu Buhari.
2019: Abubakar returned to the Peoples Democratic Party in 2017 and was the party’s presidential candidate during the 2019 presidential election, losing to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.
2023: Abubakar was chosen as the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate again, this time for the 2023 general election, after he defeated Nyesom Wike, the Governor of Rivers State, in the primaries.
He came in second in the last general election, being defeated by Bola Tinubu.

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