Atiku begins mobilisation for 2015 presidential bid

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has reportedly begun mobilising people and resources to contest the 2015 presidential election. Atiku, who will be taking a shot at the position for the third time since 2007, has set up a group to coordinate his campaign, especially in his North-east geopolitical zone, ahead of the next presidential election. However, it is uncertain if he will be fighting for the ticket of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) like he did against President Goodluck Jonathan in the run up to the 2011 presidential election or whether he would re-enact his 2006 gambit for the post when he ran on the platform of the Action Congress (AC) after former President Olusegun Obasanjo, his principal at the time, had muzzled him out of the PDP. One of the groups coordinating his campaign, the North-east Transitional Assessment and Monitoring Forum, has started work in earnest in the zone. According to the coordinator of the forum, Mallam Abubakar S. Noma, the group is now organising campaign teams in the six states of Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba, Adamawa, Yobe and Borno and will soon hold strategic meetings with others who will work in realising the former vice-president’s presidential bid. Noma expressed optimism that the presidency will shift to the North come 2015, and particularly the North-east zone, adding that the former vice-president is the only formidable force that can stop Jonathan in the next general election.


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