- Atiku Abubakar's son, Adamu, has confirmed that come 2013, his father will be throwing his hat into the ring
- The commissioner confirmed that the former presidential candidate will be aspiring for the country's number one office
- According to Adamu, there is nothing wrong for Atiku to contest for the presidency in 2023
Adamu Abubakar, the son of Nigeria's former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has finally confirmed that come 2023, his father will contest the presidency.
According to The Nation, he disclosed this information on Sunday, June 7, while presenting the scorecard as Adamawa state commissioner for works and energy to mark the first anniversary of Governor Ahmadu Finitiri.
Adamu was quoted to have said he doesn't see anything wrong with the 2019 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate contesting because Atiku is a strategic and master politician who has been in the game for almost 40 years.
“Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with my father contesting for the presidency. In 2023, my father will be aspiring to the number one office in the land because he has been an astute, strategic, master politician for almost four decades,” he said.
The commissioner went on to note that his late arrival into politics was due to the advice his father gave him.
He explained that the former vice president urged him to gain enough experience by spending time in the private sector which would go a long way for him in public life.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Babachir Lawal, a former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), said the political career of Abubakar in Adamawa state is over.
Lawal said this in an interview he granted Daily Sun newspaper, which was published on Sunday, February 2. According to Lawal, Atiku no longer has political relevance in his state.
"In Adamawa, however, I think his (Atiku's) political career has fatigued or it is over," he said.
Babachir Lawal also denied being Atiku's friend. The former SGF said the two of them did not move in the same circles and besides, Atiku was older and bigger in the society than he is.
In other news, Abubakar said the chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, opposed fuel subsidy removal during the administration of ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo.
According to him, Oshiomhole who was the president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) president at that time stood strongly against subsidy removal.
Atiku, in a tweet on the evening of Saturday, June 6, said the Obasanjo-led government had commenced a phased subsidy withdrawal. As the vice president then, he was tasked with negotiating with then NLC chairman who happened to be Oshiomhole.