Abuja – The 2015 Presidential election fever manifested itself once again on Sunday, December 8, as posters depicting former Vice President Atiku Abubakar appeared in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was a two-term Vice President to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2007.
The placards are sponsored by the Turaki Network of Change (TNC), and the inscription reads, “inspired by Change, Turaki Network for Change, TNC Atiku Abubakar GCON (Turaki Adamawa). Bigger Challenges, Greater Opportunities.”
The posters adorned major overhead and pedestrian bridges, and walls by the roadsides, notably along the Umaru Yar’Adua way which leads to Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport.
Mr. Abubakar is yet to declare his intention to run as a candidate for the 2015 Presidential election where he would compete against the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. It will be recalled that Atiku is currently a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
On August 31, 2013, Atiku led a procession of six Northern governors out of Special National Convention of PDP at the Eagles’ Square venue, to later address the press at the Yar’Adua Centre, with Alhaji Abubakar Baraje as Chairman, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as Secretary and Sam Sam Jaja as Deputy National Chairman of the now-defunct new PDP.
In September, in what political analysts consider as a 2015 posturing move by Atiku, he, along with PDP Board of Trustees Chairman Tony Anenih, Alhaji Shaibu Oyedokun, Mrs Titi Ajanaku, among others, formed the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) group. The group was registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission as a political party. Following the registration of PDM, the former Vice President never showed himself as a member.
Mr. Abubakar has previously contested for the presidential office as a PDP candidate in 2011, but was defeated by President Goodluck Jonathan who gained 78% of the votes.
In 2006, Atiku Abubakar also emerged as the Presidential candidate, but lost the battle.
His posters were earlier seen along the Nyanya-Maraba-Abuja road with the inscription “The Alternative Candidate For 2015”.
Do you support Atiku’s contesting in 2015? Do you see him as an alternative to President Goodluck Jonathan? Why?