Nigeria 2015 Presidential Election: Atiku Declaration – LIVE #ANigeriaForAll

Atiku Abubakar, A Former President of Nigeria

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, is declaring his bid for Nigeria’s most coveted political position- President of the Federal Republic – in Abuja. Atiku belongs to the opposition All Progressive Congress and hopes to be presented for the election by the party ahead of the 2015 elections.

It will be his fourth in 22 years.

Atiku comes to the race with extensive political sagacity. He’s strategy for this election includes a heavy reliance on youth power and social media.

Premium Times is attending and will bring you live updates from the event.

Highlights

    Born 25 November 1946
    Politician, Businessman and Philantropist
    Worked in the Nigeria Customs Service for twenty years, rising to become the Deputy Director.
    Elected Vice-President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, on the platform of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He served with Olusegun Obasanjo with whom he had a cold relationship towards the end of their tenure.
    Ran for the office of Governor in the Gongola State (now Adamawa and Taraba States) in 1991.
    Ran for the Presidency in 1993, placing third after MKO Abiola and Babagana Kingibe in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) primaries.
    Political trajectory: People’s Democratic Party (1998–2006, 2009–2013) Action Congress (2006–2009)
    All Progressives Congress (2013–present)
    Family
    Wife: Titi (Albert) Abubakar
    Kids: Fatima, Adamu, Halima and Aminu
    Wife: Ladi (Yakubu) Abubakar (Divorced)
    Kids: Abba, Atiku, Zainab, Ummi-Hauwa, Maryam and Rukayatu
    Wife: Princess Rukaiyatu Abubakar (daughter of the late Lamido of Adamawa).
    Kids: Aisha, Hadiza, Aliyu, Asmau, Mustafa, Laila and Abdulsalam.
    Wife: Fatima (Shettima) Abubakar
    Kids: Amina (Meena), Mohammed Ahmed and Shehu (Twins), Zainab and Aisha (Twins) and Hafsat.
    Wife: Jennifer (Iwenjora), aka Jamila Atiku-Abubakar
    Kids: Abdulmalik, Zara and Faisal.

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  • Goodluck_Nigeria

    So Atiku …… the doyen of corruption in Nigeria …… is the symbol of the so called “change” APC is calling for in Nigeria ?

    Please do the maths:

    Atiku = APC
    Atiku = CORRUPTION

    Therefore: APC = CORRUPTION (QED)

    • endingNaija

      Goodluck, I am just wondering if you are one of the two Nigerians Goodluck Jonathan and Ayo Oritsejafor recruited to launder $9.3million in South Africa. If so when are you guys going to return the money-though we know that EFCC will not prosecute you. But sha at least return the money bro.

    • Mustapha

      Proven gallantly!

    • Ola

      For your information, Atiku was the most investigated politician in this country. Yet, he came out clean. Where did you got your equation from Mr. Goodluck? Nigerians knows those extremely corrupt leaders without even calling EFCC, ICPC and others to investigate them. We are not fools. Tell your pay masters.

      • Goodluck_Nigeria

        Even James Ibori was cleared by Nigeria Courts ……. but the story changed when he faced the UK Courts

        Like Ibori who faced the UK Courts ……. let Atiku also submit himself and face US Courts before we close matter.

        I suggest Obasanjo should be Atiku’s defense witness in the US Court ……. I hope you get it !!!

    • Musa

      Jonathan + oristejafor= 9,3 million dollars

  • Jamoh

    With people like Atiku as President CORRUPTION will know no bound. If Atiku has forgotten let us remind him of the 12 suit cases that disappeared and how he used BPE to buy up Nigeria. May his type never rule Nigeria.

    • endingNaija

      Can yu please ask Goodluck Jonathan and Ayo Oritsejafor to tell Nigerians when they will return the $9.3million they tried to launder in South Africa? They should also tell us who the other two Nigerians they (Jonathan and Oritsejafor) recruited to lander the money.

      • kamal jafaru

        You are part of the problems in Naija. We know PDP is bad, but should that be reason enough to pretend some of these guys APC is throwing up are saints??
        Can you address the topic here(Atiku) and stop digressing??
        Let your party give us credible alternatives and some of us might be interested. But to queue up behind proven thieves is madness!

        • endingNaija

          Can someone ask Goodluck Jonathan and Ayo Oritsejafor to return the $9.3million the duo tried to launder please? That will be helpful.

      • Ola

        Atiku is not an hungry man. Money, wealth or property is not his problem for your inormation

        • Mr. Abdin

          OLA YOU ARE RIGHT ATIKU STRUGGLES FROM GRASS TO GRACE AND THAT IS WHY HE IS ALWAYS HOPING TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA SO THAT HE CAN HELP THE COMMON MAN.

      • Esther

        Please tell them, this present administration has been condoning many corruption allegation, and GEJ is widely perceived as been passive and permissive on corruption.

    • Mr. Abdin

      HOW CAN YOU COMPARE THE PRESIDENT ADMINISTRATION AND THAT OF OBASANJO WHICH ATIKU WAS A VP IN TERMS OF CORRUPTION NOW EVEN THE SO-CALLED MEN OF GOD HAVE JOIN THE REST REMEMBER CAN PRESIDENT.

    • Nija pikin

      Atiku is presently the best so far in term of experience no more on the job training or learning sorry Otuoke drunkard sorry kwankwaso rep danger

  • the truth

    a man indicted by the us senate wants to become nigerian president. u would lose corrupt atiku, and you would lose vigorously. a corrupt stereotype

    • Ola

      He was not indicted. That is false information.

      • the truth

        arent you aware the halliburton scam which was read at the floor of the senate fingered atiku as a major culprit and as such obasanjo made steps to drop him as vp

        • Esther

          we all know the allegations of corruption levelled against Atiku Were politically motivated.

          • the truth

            so the us senate was politically motivated. do you even know what you
            are saying? don’t you kinow it was because of the international and us
            pressure that obj was forced to drop atiku. if you don’t know that was a
            huge us scandal that took down 2 us senators. atiku and his cohorts
            knowing they were guilty cried out to the media and people like you and
            you agreed it was politically motivated. please before you post know
            your facts. it is recorded in the library of congress and no matter what
            he does the facts are there, he is a criminal

    • Mr. Abdin

      YOU BETTER THINK BEFORE YOU TALK MY BROTHER, ATIKU HAS NEVER BEEN INDICTED BY US SENATE.

      • the truth

        please refer to pointblank news of 28th november 2010

        ALLEGATIONS linking former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar to money
        laundering and unwholesome financial practices that could be the
        albatross that would deny the former number two man the ambition of
        becoming Nigeria’s president in 2011 have been revealed by Lagos-based
        The NEWS magazine.

        The magazine, in its current edition
        which hit the market on Sunday, quoted the details of the report of the
        US Committee on Homeland Security which indicted Abubakar as being
        responsible for the laundering of over $40 million (about N6 billion)
        into the United States illegally.

        The magazine indicated that the investigations carried
        out on Abubakar and other African leaders by the US Senate Committee on
        Homeland Security in a report entitled “Keeping Foreign Corruption Out
        of the United States” could serve as a hinderance to Abubakar’s ambition
        in 2011.

  • UMAR A IBRAHIM

    WE PRAY FOR THE BEST

  • Smith Scott

    if you like Mr. Ati, do 100 photoshop on your picture, u will never smell Aso Rock. Go rule Boko Haram which you are sole sponsor.

  • Goodluck_Nigeria

    Atiku alone has 35 “declared children” ……. they are enough to finish the National Budget …… haba APC …. na so una hate Nigeria reach

  • GEJ till 2019

    Doro Atiku, Doro declaration as before, Doro APC, Doro Loss 2015 elections….just passing by

  • PEOPLE

    ATIKU COULD NOT MOVE ADAMAWA STATE FORWARD AND HE WANT TO MOVE NIGERIA. HE IS A BIG LIAR. ATIKU IS VERY VERY CORRUPT. DO NOT VOTE ATIKU

    • Mr. Abdin

      HOW HAVE YOU COME SO FRUSTRATED MY BROTHER ATIKU REMAIN THE BEST FOR THE COUNTRY AND THAT IS WHY HE IS STRIVING TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA.

  • Enemona

    No to Atiku… Never! APC should be smart enough Atiku is not a good candidate. Any attempt to present him means doom for the party and an easy ride for GEJ in 2015.

  • Mr. Abdin

    THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THE DECLARATION OF ATIKU ABUBAKAR FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF NIGERIA HE HAS THE EXPERIENCE AND THE BACKGROUND ON HOW TO MOVE THIS COUNTRY FORWARD….

    • the truth

      an indicted man is a criminal. please refer to pointblank news of 28th november 2010

      • sir Oscie

        Indicted where? By who and for what offence?

        • the truth

          we are in a digital age, i hope you know that. please google atiku indicted by us senate and read the minutes from the us senate website. i tried putting links but it wont let me on this website. read it yourself

          • sir Oscie

            OKAY

      • Mr. Abdin

        Who indicted him? please don’t be so loose.

        • the truth

          please i have provided evidence and minutes from the us senate. please you have google mr abdin kindly google out us senate indicts atiku, we are in the digital age please help yourself.

  • the truth

    please referr to pointblank news of 28th november 2010

    ALLEGATIONS linking former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar to money
    laundering and unwholesome financial practices that could be the
    albatross that would deny the former number two man the ambition of
    becoming Nigeria’s president in 2011 have been revealed by Lagos-based
    The NEWS magazine.

    The magazine, in its current edition
    which hit the market on Sunday, quoted the details of the report of the
    US Committee on Homeland Security which indicted Abubakar as being
    responsible for the laundering of over $40 million (about N6 billion)
    into the United States illegally.

    The magazine indicated that the investigations carried
    out on Abubakar and other African leaders by the US Senate Committee on
    Homeland Security in a report entitled “Keeping Foreign Corruption Out
    of the United States” could serve as a hinderance to Abubakar’s ambition
    in 2011.

  • the truth

    borne September 12, 2013 at 7:17 pm –

    @Boney London for your consumption; collaborate the report below with Alex e

    ‘In what could be described as another high profile shame on Nigeria
    after the Mutallab’s saga, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar was
    again presented to the United State’s Senate on Wednesday over illegal
    transfer of $40Million. gathered that the US Senate
    report which showed how funds were transferred on behalf of the former
    number two citizen showed that: ‘From 2000 to 2008, Jennifer Douglas, a
    U.S. citizen and the fourth wife of Atiku Abubakar, former Vice
    President and former candidate for President of Nigeria, helped her
    husband bring over $40 million in suspect funds into the United States,
    through wire transfers sent by offshore corporations to U.S. bank
    accounts.’

    The report said: ‘In a 2008 civil complaint, the U.S. Securities and
    Exchange Commission alleged that Ms. Douglas received over $2 million in
    bribe payments in 2001 and 2002, from Siemens AG, a major German
    corporation.

    ‘While Ms. Douglas denies wrongdoing, Siemens has already pleaded guilty
    to U.S. criminal charges and settled civil charges related to bribery
    and told the Subcommittee that it sent the payments to one of her U.S.
    accounts.In 2007, Atiku Abubakar was the subject of corruption
    allegations in Nigeria related to the Petroleum Technology Development
    Fund.

    ‘Of the $40 million in suspect funds, $25 million was wire transferred
    by offshore corporations into more than 30 U.S. bank accounts opened by
    Ms. Douglas, primarily by Guernsey Trust Company Nigeria Ltd., LetsGo
    Ltd. Inc., and Sima Holding Ltd.

    ‘The U.S. banks maintaining those accounts were, at times, unaware of
    her PEP status, and they allowed multiple, large offshore wire transfers
    into her accounts. As each bank began to question the offshore wire
    transfers, Ms. Douglas indicated that all of the funds came from her
    husband and professed little familiarity with the offshore corporations
    actually sending her money. When one bank closed her account due to the
    offshore wire transfers, her lawyer helped convince other banks to
    provide a new account.

    ‘In addition, two of the offshore corporations wire transferred about
    $14 million over five years to American University in Washington, D.C.,
    to pay for consulting services related to the development of a Nigerian
    university founded by Abubakar.’American University accepted the wire
    transfers without asking about the identity of the offshore corporations
    or the source of their funds, because under current law, the University
    had no legal obligation to inquire.’

    It would be recalled that Former congressman William Jefferson has been
    sentenced to 13 years in jail for corruption that involved US companies
    and Nigerian officials. The ruling in 2009, by Federal Judge TS Ellis
    III of the US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, followed
    Jefferson’s conviction for collecting bribes on behalf of Nigerian
    officials, specifically, former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku. However,
    the FBI found $90,000 cash, which Jefferson said was meant for Atiku,
    hidden in a freezer. But Atiku and his wife, Jennifer Douglas, did not
    accept summons and subpoenas to appear before the US court. Instead,
    they moved their family out to Dubai, and put their Potomac mansion up
    for sale.

    US Justice Department officials however revealed that arrest warrants
    have been issued against Atiku and his runaway wife, Jamila Jennifer
    Douglas-Atiku and that the duo would be promptly arrested if they step
    on US soil. Sources also said Atiku and his business partner in crime,
    Otunba Fasawe, did not return the sum of $21 million taken from the
    Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) to the Nigerian coffers.

    EFCC’s 21-paragraph counter-affidavit filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja on PTDF Scam

    That the plaintiff diverted funds meant for PTDF operations to finance NDTV.

    That even though the projects for which funds were required in the PTDF
    were not approved until 2006, the plaintiff had ordered that the money
    be withdrawn from treasury since 2003.

    That on 18/10/03, the plaintiff directed the Accountant-General of the
    Federation to release USD$20 million to PTDF without the approval of the
    Executive Council to enable the PTDF carry out some projects but the
    money was placed on term deposit in TIB.

    That the placement of the money in TIB was done to promote the business
    of NDTV, the plaintiff’s other interests and that of some of his friends
    and associates.

    That as soon as the placement was made, NDTV was granted a loan of N400
    million on 20/10/03 and N420 million on 22/10/03 by T.I.B.

    That Otunba Fasawe remitted the sum of N400 million to the plaintiff’s
    Personal Assistant, Alhaji Umaru Pariya, on 4/10/2003 which sum Otunba
    Fasawe recovered through a loan of N420 million received from TIB on
    22/10/03 after the PTDF’s funds placement.

    That the plaintiff paid from his Marine Float Account in Bank PHB the
    sum of N30 million for the purchase of the property at No. 555 Ademola
    Adetokunbo Street, Wuse II.

    That the plaintiff’s property at No. 555, Ademola Adetokunbo Street, Wuse II, is used as the headquarters of NDTV.

    That the balance of the purchase money for the property referred to
    above was paid after the plaintiff ordered a placement of USD$10 million
    in TIB and a loan of N400 million was granted by TIB to NDTV.

    That several other people were paid various sums of money deposited in
    TIB pursuant to directive by the plaintiff. Evidence of the
    beneficiaries and the amount will be given at the trial.

    That from a total sum of $30 million placed by PTDF in TIB, only the sum
    of $6.25 million has been repaid, leaving an outstanding balance of
    $23.75 million to date.

    That the plaintiff also ordered placement of $50 million in ETB.

    That the plaintiff further directed that the sum of $52.9 million and $62.1 million be placed in ETB from the account of PTDF.

    That the plaintiff stood as surety for Otunba Fasawe when NTDV applied
    for Value Added Network Service from Nigeria Communication Commission
    (NCC).

    That all these facts stated in paragraph 13 supra were never disclosed by the plaintiff in his response.

    That the plaintiff attached Exhibits 5A and 5B to give the impression
    that the money invested was with the consent of the President (See
    Paragraph (XV) of the affidavit in support of originating Summons.

    That however, the President never approved the release of the funds for the purpose of placing it in any bank.

    That on the contrary, the money was approved for the purpose of implementing projects relating to the programme of PTDF.

    That Exhibit 5A attached to plaintiff’s affidavit shows that on 29th
    April 2003, the plaintiff approved the placement of a total sum of $125
    million in two banks (ETB and TIB).

    That on 14th October, 2003, the plaintiff directed the release of an additional sum of $20 million from the treasury.

    That Exhibits 5B mentioned that the $20 million was to be used to carry
    out some projects according to the letter seeking approval by the PTDF.

    That, however, rather than use the $20 million to carry out any project,
    the funds were placed with TIB and used for NDTV where the plaintiff
    had substantial interest.

    That contrary to paragraphs 18(xii) and (xiii) of the affidavit in
    support of the Originating Summons, the 7th Defendant in its report
    indicted the Plaintiff at Pages 32-33 as follows:

    That the placement of the PTDF’s fund was not done arbitrarily but
    deliberately designed to promote some business ventures in which the
    plaintiff and some of his friends has interest.

    That the placement in TIB, for instance, was designed to promote Netlink
    Digital Televant (NDTV), a satellite television project and Mofas
    Shipping Company where the Chairman of both companies is Otunba Fasawe, a
    long standing friend of the plaintiff.

    It has also been revealed that Otunba Fasawe remitted the sum of N400
    million to the plaintiff’s Personal Assistant, Alhaji Umaru Pariya, on
    the 4/10/03 which he conveniently recovered through a loan of N420
    million he received from TIB on the 22/10/03 after the PTDF’s funds
    placement.’

    That a clear demonstration of the plaintiff’s business interest in NDTV
    is the fact that on 07/10/03 the plaintiff paid the initial sum of N30
    million deposit from his Marine Float Account in the Bank PHB for the
    purchase of the property situated at No. 555 Ademola Adetokunbo Street,
    Wuse II, Abuja and used as its headquarters.’

    That to further buttress the long standing business relationship between
    the plaintiff and Otunba Fasawe, the latter paid the plaintiff the sum
    of N61 million on 29/01/01 from his Mofas account with TIB.

    That a further sum of N25 million from Mofas Shipping Company’s account
    of Otunba Fasawe in TIB was transferred to plaintiff’s Marine Float
    Account in Bank PHB on 18/02/03.

    That acting on the facts stated above the plaintiff was indicted by the 7th defendant for embezzlement and fraud.’

    • sir Oscie

      Please this your propaganda piece is pure RUBBISH because it has not worked and will never work. If it true as you claim why has the GEJ led government not used it to indict and prosecute him for wrong doing bearing in mind that Atiku is one of the major opposition the FG has after leaving the party for APC.

      • the truth

        this was an indictment way back to 2007-2010, is he contesting against him yet, has atiku won the apc nomination? wait until that time then we would say no to an international criminal.

        • sir Oscie

          THEN WAIT AS YOU HAVE SAID.

    • Esther

      All propaganda, we all know the allegations of corruption levelled against Atiku during his tenure as vice-president has remained unproven in the court of law. They are politically motivated, after all.

      • the truth

        so the us senate was politically motivated. do you even know what you are saying? don’t you kinow it was because of the international and us pressure that obj was forced to drop atiku. if you don’t know that was a huge us scandal that took down 2 us senators. atiku and his cohorts knowing they were guilty cried out to the media and people like you and you agreed it was politically motivated. please before you post know your facts. it is recorded in the library of congress and no matter what he does the facts are there, he is a criminal.

  • Abate Dokpu

    TO APC: Field Atiku and lose the election. Atiku is corrupt, inconsistent, unreliable, and a traitor. I remember during the SDP convention in Jos in 2003. Atiku came 3rd after Kingibe who came 2nd, and Abiola who came first in the first round of ballot. The 2nd round of voting was to pick one of them as the candidate. We were informed that Atiku was going to step down for Abiola. Before that 2nd round of ballot, the candidates that had to address the convention. Abiola spoke first and Atiku spoke next. Abiola outlined his plans to transform and reposition the country and assured us that we will see results within the first 6 months of his presidency. When Atiku spoke, he said anybody who claimed that he could transform the country in 6 months was a liar. After trying to debunk everything that Abiola said in his speech, Atiku said he was stepping down but didn’t say for whom. This made most of the Southern delegates to rally round Abiola and Abiola won the nomination.

    Atiku left PDP to contest under ACN and after he lost, he returned to the PDP and has now left the PDP to APC. APC must be very careful and reject Atiku. He may just be a mole planted by PDP to destabilize APC. Atiku is too corrupt and CANNOT win an election.

    For now, it appears that the best APC ticket is Kwankwaso/OShiomole. Tambuwal/Oshiomole will also not be bad. APC please take note. APC must reject Atiku.

    • newvoice404

      What have you said now about corruption. The fact remains that are you so afraid of the man.you have failed to mention any one corruption case against him that he has not been cleared by the court instead you were saying he stepped down and not steeped down in in 2003?

  • AbujaKenneth

    He may not be an extremist like Buhari, but his corruption has no bound.

    • sir Oscie

      My friend which of this present politicians does not have that tag?

    • Mr. Abdin

      Is your paymaster clean?

  • sir Oscie

    Very well ARTICULATED declaration Turakin Nigeria. Even if Atiku don’t become Nigeria’s President which I personally don’t see happening If only Nigerians can tell ourselves the truth and vote out our problem which is the current administration but for starting a campaign of issues and not personalities, he has my total respect.
    Kudos Atiku.
    #ANigeriaForAll.

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  • Esther

    Atiku’s experience in and out of government has exposed him to the challenges facing the economy. He has always had good intension for this country, He is one leader that lives beyond ethnic and religious sentiments. With the present crisis in Nigeria we need a leader who can unite the country once again. And Atiku is that leader in this generation with the track-record of a unifier.
    I am convinced that if he gets to become the next president of Nigeria, he will do things differently for the best interest of the masses. An axiom says, ‘Change is the law of life; and those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.’
    Nigerians should neglect their biases and do the right thing for the growth and development of our beloved country. Atiku is visionary. We can see that in how he manages his businesses. He is the biggest private employer of labour in the North-East and South-South zones. I strongly believe Atiku will make a good president. #ANigeriaforAll

  • Zirem

    Atiku has clearly done his homework. Several years out of Government has worked for him, he is better equipped as a leader. He continues
    to show concern and regret for how bad the country has turned out. what is so genuine about Atiku is that he does not completely exonerate himself from the issues we are facing as a country, that is a true leader. You can only fix a bad situation when you acknowledge it.
    Nigeria is far below where it should be and we need visionary leaders to
    lift.
    us up, Atiku i believe can deliver. He knows the essence of true
    democracy, He has a better n sincere view on governance. He is versatile and has shown
    genuine concern over the state of the nation. And must of all, he
    has so much at stake-business wise and family- that he cannot afford for Nigeria to disintegrate. Atiku has my vote. Lets all just quite down from all the noise and propaganda- just for a minute, we will know Atiku is one.