Atiku Denies Adamawa Governorship Ambition

Three weeks before the governorship by- election in Adamawa state, former Vice- President, Atiku Abubakar, has denied having ambition to contest in the polls. The Adamawa gubernatorial election is scheduled to hold on 11 October, 2014, and political analysts are already speculating that the election would be a two-horse race between the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Among those that have shown interest to contest the governorship seat are the former Deputy Governor of the state, Bala Ngilari, the former military Governor of Lagos State, Col Buba Marwa (retd) and the ex-Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, who recently defected from the APC to the PDP. Speaking on reports that he would contest for the guber polls, Atiku on Saturday, 23 August, 2014, went on his Twitter handle to clear the air on the rumour going round. “I just read this rumour that I am running for governor of Adamawa State. This is not true,” he tweeted. According to Atiku, contesting again as the governor of Adamawa state will mean taking a step backward. “I was elected governor of Adamawa State 15 years ago, but was elevated to the position of vice president. I believe we must always look forward, not backwards. “I will never back away from supporting the development of my home state, as I have always done, both as a businessman and a statesman,” Atiku said. The APC chieftain had on Friday expressed his sadness over the inability of President Goodluck Jonathan’s government to rescue the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls being held hostage by Boko Haram. He said: “I’m appealing to the FG, to liaise with the appropriate state and international partners, to please #BringBackOurGirls. “As a father, I am deeply saddened that the girls of Chibok still have not returned. Their families have suffered for too long.” Atiku Abubakar, born on 25 November, 1946, is a Nigerian politician, businessman and philanthropist, who served as the 2nd elected Vice-President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007 with President Olusegun Obasanjo. Abubakar worked in the Nigeria Customs Service for twenty years, rising to become the Deputy Director, as the second highest position in the Service was then known. He retired in April 1989 and took up full-time business and politics. He ran for the office of Governor in the Gongola State (now Adamawa and Taraba States) in 1991, and for the Presidency in 1993, placing third after MKO Abiola and Babagana Kingibe in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) primaries. In 1998 he was elected Governor of Adamawa State. While still Governor-Elect he was selected by the PDP Presidential candidate Olusegun Obasanjo as his running mate. The duo went on to win elections in February 1999, and Abubakar was sworn-in as Nigeria’s second democratically elected Vice President on May 29, 1999.

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