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2019: I Am Not Desperate To Become President – Atiku

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Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has dismissed criticisms that he’s desperate to become president of the country as he braces up for the 2019 presidential election.

In an interview with BBC Hausa on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, Atiku said he’s passed up previous opportunities to become president because he’s not desperate for power.

He pointed to his decision to step down for MKO Abiola during the race for the 1993 presidential election whose result was eventually annulled by the military government of  Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.

“If I am desperate, I wouldn’t have stepped down for M.K.O Abiola in 1993 presidential race. In 1993, I contested with M.K.O Abiola. I later withdrew from the race.

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“In 1999, I was elected a governor of Adamawa state, then invited to be Nigeria’s vice president, under Olusegun Obasanjo.” he said.

Atiku, who was vice president under former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, between 1999 and 2007, said he hasn’t had proper opportunities to contest as a presidential candidate.

“All the times I have been contesting for the presidency, I have been opportune only once to be presented to Nigerians as a candidate.

“I could have become Nigeria’s president in 2003 when virtually, all the state governors then, rallied support for me to contest which I declined. I am not desperate to be president as some Nigerians view it.” he said.

He also boasted that he knows what it takes to revive Nigeria’s economy and maximise the country’s wealth.

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He said, “As a former vice president, I am opportune to know things. If I am opportune to be elected as a president, I will accomplish my mission by reviving the economy, by making Nigeria an investor’s haven.

“The present administration discouraged investors into the country, because the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) exchange rate policies is too tedious for investors. CBN has three different exchange rate policies, which is not supposed to be.

“If elected Nigeria’s president, I will expand the nation’s source of wealth to cater for the growing youth population in the country.

“Nigeria can justify my claims, going by the number of youth that are working in my industries across the country.”

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