Atiku Abubakar former vice president of Nigeria will declare interest in the 2023 Presidential election on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in three weeks BusinessDay exclusively gathered Friday.
The source said that Atiku was presently consulting stakeholders on his ambition and would soon make his intentions known to Nigerians.
The Wazirin Adamawa, who was the PDP presidential candidate in 2019, has not hidden his intention to rule the country after several unsuccessful attempts.
Last week during a visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Atiku expressed confidence in winning the PDP presidential ticket.
However, he has faced criticisms in some quarters over his decision to contest the presidency again, they urged him to drop his ambition and support a younger candidate.
Some of his critics have also advised him to rather support a candidate from Igbo extraction, judging that the region had not produced a president since Nigeria returned to democratic rule in 1999.
Although there has been clamour in some quarters for the PDP to zone the presidential ticket but the party has remained silent on the issue, encouraging anyone interested to vie for the presidential ticket.
Similarly, last week the leadership of the party dismissed media reports it had zoned the presidency to the North.
There are several other notable politicians who have openly declared interest to contest the presidential ticket of the PDP in the last few weeks.
They are media entrepreneur and journalist Dele Momodu, Sam Ohabunwa, former president of the Pharmaceutical, Ayim Pius Ayim, former Secretary of the Government of the Federation and ex-Senate President among others.
Recently, Media mogul, Raymond Dokpesi has kick-started a pro Atiku 2023 solidarity awareness aimed at rallying support for his presidential bid.
Atiku had in 2018 piped 11 other aspirants to the sole ticket of the party in the presidential convention held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.