A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has officially declared to run for the presidency in the 2019 general elections.
Atiku decried the high rate of unemployment in the country during the flag-off of his presidential campaign in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, saying it was time to take reclaim the PDP’s mandate.
“Today, we have the highest unemployment rate in the history of our country. More than 10 million youth are unemployed,” Atiku told a gathering of supporters and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the rally.
He condemned the repeated attacks in various parts of the country and accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government of poor leadership and worsening the nation’s economy.
The Turakin Adamawa however promised to revamp the nation’s security architecture, ensure the safety of lives and property, as well as fix the economy if elected as Nigeria’s president.
“Today I have returned to reclaim what rightly belongs to the PDP,” he said.
“My fellow Nigerians, the government of APC has failed; it has failed to unite Nigeria.”
“Today, we are more divided than any other time in the history of this country. The APC government has destroyed our economy. They took over an economic growth of seven per cent and brought it down to less than two per cent,” he claimed.
Atiku, a former APC chieftain, announced his defection from the ruling party in November 2017 after a breakdown in relations with the party leaders.
He had left the PDP to join the APC in February 2014, after he lost the presidential election of 2007 on the platform of the then Action Congress (AC).
He also lost the PDP presidential primary in 2011 to former President Goodluck Jonathan.