Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has said he is not desperate to become president in 2019, contrary to what some Nigerians have said.
“If I am desperate, I wouldn’t have stepped down for M.K.O Abiola in the 1993 presidential race,” he said. Atiku stated this in an interview with the BBC Hausa morning programme, yesterday.
He said if Nigerians could follow his political antecedent, they would not see him as a desperate politician.
“In 1993, I contested with M.K.O Abiola. I later withdrew from the race. In 1999, I was elected governor of Adamawa State, then, invited to be Nigeria’s vice president, under Olusegun Obasanjo,” he said.
Atiku also said in 2007, he contested against Obasanjo, “to show the world that I have the right to contest and I did that to satisfy my conscience.
“All the times I have been contesting for the presidency, I have been opportuned 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.
“As a former vice president, I am opportuned to know things. If I am opportuned 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,” he said.