The fourth presidential aspiration of ex-Vice President Abubakar was filliped on Thursday as 28 groups declared support for him. They include Northern Youth Voters Forum, Northern Grassroots Advocacy Group and Raba Gargadama Nationwide, National Youth Advocacy for Good Governance, APC Youth Congress, ABUFON 2015 and Turaki Support Group, Save Nigeria APC Group, Turaki Network for Change, Atiku Youth Assembly, Atiku Youth Vanguard, Turaki Network East Alliance, and Igbo Progressive Forum. Others are North East Progressive Movement, Mohammed Dukku-Atiku Support Group, Bauchi Youth Coalition for Turaki, North-East Integrated Youth Organisation, APC Women/Youth League, Bauchi Assembly of Youths and Political Actors for Progressive Change, Atangha Atangha, Delta Horizon Group, Rescue Youth Group, Special Disability Aid in Action and Bauchi Youth Coalition for Turaki.
In a statement jointly signed, the groups said they were supporting Atiku because they believed he would accommodate and address concerns of the youth.
Atiku “is ready more than anyone else among those contending for the presidency in 2015, to accommodate the youths and address issues of concern to us if he becomes the president of this country,” the statement read.
Atiku, an All Progressives Congress, APC, stalwart, declared his aspiration for the office on Wednesday. He had aspired in 1993 but lost the presidential ticket of the defunct Social Democratic Party, SDP, to late businessman Moshood Abiola. Undauntedly, Atiku revved his presidential ambition again in 2007 under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, but did not get ticket. Another shot in 2011 saw Atiku becoming the presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, after which he defected again to the PDP, vied for and lost the party ticket in 2013 to President Goodluck Jonathan.