Nigeria’s former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday declared his intention to run for president in 2019 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Abubakar announced his candidacy in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on Tuesday, Channels television reports.
The former Vice President said his decision to make the announcement in Rivers State is because he believes Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike represents what he represented in 1998/99 as the live wire of the PDP.
Mr Abubakar who defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP in December 2017, was in Rivers with the former Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel; Senator Abdul Ningi and some other party leaders.
Governor Wike, in reaction, described the former VP as a presidential candidate feared by the APC.
The governor, however, played down his own position in the PDP, insisting that all genuine members of the party are its live wire.
Three years and several legal battles after, the PDP was ousted from power at the federal level, its leaders believe it has what it takes to reclaim power in 2019.
According to Governor Wike, the PDP is not just interested to getting power in 2019, it is out to rescue Nigeria from what he described as a period of maladministration.
The Governor called on other aspirants of the party to do nothing to jeopardise its chances in the 2019 general elections.