I’ll keep contesting for presidency as long as I’m healthy – Atiku

Atiku Abubakar, former vice president, says he will continue to contest for Nigeria’s presidency as long as he is alive and healthy.

Mr Abubakar has indicated interest for the top job for six times but has been on the ballot thrice – 2007, 2019 and 2023, howbeit unsuccessfully.

He is 77-years-old and will clock 81 when the next general election draws near in 2027 but has refused to back down, drawing inspiration from a former United States President, Abraham Lincoln, who sought the office seven times before finally clinching it.

“Of course, I will keep contesting again and again as long as I am alive and healthy,” the Adamawa politician said in an interview with the hausa service of Voice of America in Abuja. “Even the former US President Abraham Lincoln contested seven times before finally winning.”

He also said with the current state of his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the party cannot comfortably win election in 2027 without forging alliance with other political parties and groups.

Recently, he was reported as saying he would only support Peter Obi, a former Anambra governor and his 2019 running mate, for presidency if the PDP considers the South-East geopolitical zone for its presidential ticket.