Atiku appoints ex-Aviation Minister, Borishade, campaign director

Mr. Atiku flanked by Mr. Borishade(right) at a recent event attended by chairman, Delta State APC, John Erue (left)

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has named a former Education and Aviation Minister, Babalola Borishade, the campaign director for his 2015 presidential bid.

In a statement Friday, Mr. Abubakar confirmed PREMIUM TIMES’ earlier report that the former vice president will on September 24 formally declare his intention to contest the 2015 presidential poll on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

“This is not about me, it is about our young people. It is about Nigerians. It is their future, not the past. It is about reforming government, securing the people and reconciling the nation,” Mr. Abubakar was quoted by his media office as saying.

The presidential election holds February 14.

Mr. Abubakar is reputed as having one of Nigeria’s most extensive political structures, stretching across the country. He served as vice president between 1999 and 2007 in the Olusegun Obasanjo administration.

This is the fourth time the former vice president has shown interest in Nigeria’s highest office having first bid for the presidential ticket of the defunct Social Democratic Party [SDP] ahead of the annulled 1993 presidential election. The late multimillionaire businessman and politician, Moshood Abiola, won that primary and eventually the presidential election.

In 2007, Mr. Abubakar was the presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress, AC, but lost to the late president, Umaru Yar’Adua, who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

In 2011, Atiku contested the PDP presidential primaries, but was beaten by the incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan. He had returned to the PDP in 2009 and was granted waiver to run for the position.

Mr. Abubakar’s office said the 2015 campaign will be anchored by Mr. Borishade, a professor and longstanding ally of the former vice president whose tenure as aviation minister in the Obasanjo administration turned out one of Nigeria’s most controversial ever.

The Ekiti State-born former minister belonged to the political camp of Shehu Yar’adua, the late brother of former President Yar’adua.

With Mr. Atiku also a key member, Mr. Yar’adua’s political alliance grew into the Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM, which would later become the forerunner of the ruling People Democratic Party, PDP.

Mr. Borishade was first appointed education minister by Mr. Obasanjo, and was later redeployed to aviation ministry.

Nigeria witnessed multiple air accidents between 2005 and 2006 under Mr. Borishade’s tenure. The minister was replaced with Femi Fani-Kayode, a former presidential aide.

Mr. Borishade’s subsequent nomination as a minister was rejected by the Senate.

Mr. Atiku’s office described  the former “a well-known political strategist who worked for the victory of the late General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua and thereafter, late Chief M. K. O. Abiola on the platform of the defunct Social Democratic Party, SDP”.
“Borisade also worked as the strategist for President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999 and 2003 elections, both of which were won resoundingly,” a statement signed by Garba Shehu, Mr. Atiku’s media adviser, said Friday.


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  • Mr. Abdin

    The political gladiator is here again, Atiku Abubakar remains the best president Nigeria never have, he believes in the development of Nigeria and the emancipation of the youths who happens to be the leaders of tomorrow.

    • ayobami

      he will permanently remain d best president Nigeria never had

      • ayomi

        We should be thankful for that

      • redeem

        Damilola Obasanjo, daughter of former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, recently got married to Tope Borishade in Abeokuta, Ogun State.—So u can see the connection—————–what has really changed—–nothing——————-all we do is to keep on recycling rogues————-we need a breath of fresh air biko———-what we now have in APC is an obasanjo atiku government –via borishade

    • ayobami

      atiku must be confused to have appointed a man under whose watch Nigeria witnessed the highest plane crash

      • the truth

        That is just telling you the campaign would crash in sambisa forest where he would wine and dine with his mentors

    • the truth

      Lol.this same atiku that connived with willbros and Pfizer to swindle millions of dollars of Nigerians wealth,the same atiku who has joined how many political parties just to be president.where in the world have you seen a politician join 3 political parties all to get power.that should tell u he has no principle and he is power hungry.sorry why did obasanjo fight atiku.enough said.jonathan is stil the president no vacancy at ask rock

      • redeem

        Obasanjo bowed to intense pressure from the National
        Assembly as well as from families of the ADC crash victims and
        Nigerians at large. Borishade was then replaced by Femi Kayode.
        And that was the second time in the life of Obasanjo’s rule that Prof
        Borishade will be appointed a minister and dropped on each occassion.
        First as Education Minister. The question making the rounds
        now is if the former minister is perpetually jinxed. Meaning Atikus campaign machinery is also doomed to failure——cheers———no head no tail———–yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    • ayomi

      Not Chief Awolowo?

    • redeem

      Candidly, the more serious allegation against Dr. Borishade had to do with his performance as Minister of Education. Petitions were sent to the Senate by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of which Borishade is instructively, a member! ASUU’s position is that Borishade does not deserve re-appointment as Minister because of his woeful performance as Minister of Education. The short of the matter is that Borishade presided over the humiliation of ASUU, and the devaluation of the idea of the university. Under him, the education sector recorded no progress whatsoever. He made no attempts to lay the foundation for the revival of the education sector. Questions were even raised by the Senate about the management of the UBE. Borishade’s legacy as Minister of Education remains the closure of Nigerian universities for about seven months.

      ASUU had gone on strike, and government simply refused to negotiate with the university teachers. The country lost money. Parents were


      . Students became disoriented. President Obasanjo has had cause to praise Borishade for helping him to disgrace ASUU. Should this be the reason why he should be offered a second term? I think it is the very reason why he should be asked to go. Let him return to the same university system he has helped to destroy and have a taste of his own medicine. The Senate acted properly by putting an accent on Borishade’s past record. There were other Ministers between 1999 and 2003 who performed CREDITABLY well, but who have not been re-appointed. The good that men do stays with them; the evil that they do lives after them. So let it be with Borishade.

  • sir Oscie

    Congrats Borishade and Success to my political mentor Atiku Abubakar.
    We the youths are with you on this and welcome your intention to declare for your presidential ambitions in the coming days. Sky will be your starting point sir.
    RIDE ON!!!

  • ayobami

    atiku d fool,if ur ambition is about young people,why are you vying or u count urself a young man?to make matter worse,you are also appointing a great grand father as ur campaign director,for your information,except u are blind and deaf,there is no vacancy in aso rock

    • emmanuel

      He needs younger men to marry, because the olders ones are tired of the health challenges they have with being his partners. I am sure they all have realised that the monies are not worth the troubles.

      Atiku would go to PDM if APC fails to cure his fever.

      Atiku’s antecedents speaks for him – unstabpe Fulani cattle rearer, corrupt customs officer and mortally corrupt politician

  • Femi

    I just hope he won’t leave APC if he loses the primaries, and he will support whoever wins.


    Femi you got it. Atiku is most corrupt Nigerian politician. He lacks every quality of leadership and communication skill. He cannot even speak good English because I watched him speaking in Owerri exactly like Hausa farmer.

  • John green

    Now, we have another lion in the court who’s ready to save the country from it mess that we presently had deepen ourself into through pity of MR I had no shoe, by his grace, we shall overcome all the trouble that PDP had gotten the nation into and by 2015, change will take over

    • the truth

      Lol with a former pdp member who put us in this mess the first place.your real name is not john green because of it was you would have known the grass is not green with atiku it is red,if you know what I mean.atiku can by your house form and lead your personal home not ask rock

    • emmanuel

      John Green is Hausa Fulani Muslim, make una nor mind am jare.

      They want 2015 through the backdoor, so they use Southern and Christian names to make comments sympathetic to their course thinking that they would capture the heart of readers.

      By the way, Nigerians have not forgotten 1960 to 1999, Boko Haram bobming of Churches and killing of the indeginious people of Kaduna, Plateau, Bornu, Yobe, Adamawa, Benue, Taraba etc.

      The time is close where you would read your evil report card!

      • Wähala

        Boko Haram is Ihejirika, send him to The Hague now!

        • emmanuel

          Sharap, you guys are busy carrying out genocide on the indigenous people of the North and looking for a scape gots to distract the world.

          These people need to turn against you Hausa Fulani Muslims like it happened in CAR.

          Afterall, the Indigenous people of the North are more than you vampires

          • the truth

            guys we can disagree but dont use abusive words, let’s articulate our points as facts instead of resorting to abuse and cursing. we all would witness 2015. there is no vacancy at aso rock, dont forget atiku would loose the primary to buhari and decamp back to pdp

          • emmanuel

            The most despicable thing about the holier than thou attitude of you paid APC/HFM agents in this forum and many more is that you want others to maintain decorum while you slash the President of this nation with all manners of abusive words and descriptions.

            It is very unfortunate that even PT pretend to be ethical in unplushing foul languages against fellow commentators and groups, but make it their pastime splashing that against the president with reckless abandon.

            We know these things, try to suppress other using emotional blackmail and all forms of gangster approach.

            Please review your comments in the last one week and tell everyone how properly schooled in public ethics you are.

          • the truth

            mr emmanuel, it seems you do not understand me. i would refrain from coming at you the way you came out me. if you have read all my post i have never cursed or used profanity, i instead have called on premium times on numerous occasions to rain in on people who instead of bringing in constructive criticism decide to rain in curses. The last thing i would do is be an apc supporter or associate with apc. Your post about me been an apc loyalist is callous and dumbfounding considering the fact that all through my posts i have called on premium times to stop their clamping on pro jonathan supporters and posts of which i have been a victim. all i called for was when addressing the other gentleman, you refrain from abuse. stay blessed emmanuel

        • redeem

          The Vice President’s wife, according to an analyst that we spoke with, “knows that it is unconscionable for her to donate twenty-five thousand dollars to the Republican Party when Nigerians are dying of hunger. Therefore, she used a different name and for the smaller sums she used her real name or what we think her real name is…these are the same people fighting corruption? Give me a break,” he snickered.

          Some Nigerians often wonder why Nigeria retains the unenviable position of the second most corrupt nation in the world despite all the attention the President’s anti-corruption crusade is GENERATING in the media. A few months ago, Chancellor Schroeder of Germany told Obasanjo and to put more energy in fighting corruption in Nigeria. Gov. Orji Kalu declared months ago that Obasanjo’s government is corrupt, he says Corruption is under Obasanjoâ table. The President and his Vice Atiku, it appears, are interested in fighting the corruption of their enemies rather than carrying out a proper ASSESSMENT of themselves. Atiku Abubakar should address charges of corruption that have been made against him. While the Nigerian media have refused to publish stories concerning the Vice President’s alleged corrupt practices, the stories have refused to fade away. And it will not fade away under———even under Saint Tinubu.

      • redeem

        john green is wahala–nee fulani/ibo

    • redeem

      A former journalist and Ph.D. student at the American University in Washington, Mrs. Atiku is the Founder, President and CEO of GEDE Foundation, a non-profit organization based in the Washington DC area of the United States. A cursory glance of the donor list of the Foundation shows that many high net WORTH individuals and blue chip companies that donated to the Obasanjo Library Project are all listed.
      While there are lots of anonymous donors, such individuals as Herbert Orji, Lucky Omoluwa, Cosmas Maduka, Jibril Aminu, Oba Otudeko, Abba Dabo, Musa Bello, and Akinwole Omoboriowo are on the list of donors. The corporate donors include but not limited to: Chrome Oil Services, Coscharis Motors, MTEL, UBA Plc., Chevron Texaco, COJA 8th All Africa
      GAMES, Guardian Express Bank, Sea Petroleum and Gas, Goodworks International LLC., Coca Cola, Motorola Nig. Ltd., Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Total Fina Elf, Rockview Oil Services, Stanhoe Ventures, Devon Energy, Zenith Bank, Riggs Bank, DynQuest, Capital Lending, Global Apex Air Ltd., Gucci, VIRGIN ATLANTIC Airways, Saks Fifth Avenue, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Company, Doxa Digital, and many more.

    • redeem

      Re: .Prof. Babalola Aborishade dropped as Aviation Minister – Femi Fani-Kayode replaces him

      (If this is true, then democracy is truely in Nigeria. Aborishade is simply an entourage of the Orisha as his name suggests. He should not be seen close to power. While he was Minister of Education, he got the educational system of Nigeria to a very pitiable level, it became so degenerated that an average 4 years study course had to be completed in 8 years, due to strikes. He was full of fake promises.

      His big mouth has not stopped him from blaming and raining curses on the Pilot as the cause of the Abuja Crash. The Blackbox has not even arrived yet and people are mourning. The pilot, Captain Kolawole Atanda has been in this business for about 30 years. He is a Gentleman with family and would not subscribe to disrespecting safety regulations.

      I wish Aborishade a safe sojourn away from Government for the rest of his life. Big Mouth, good for nothing Minister.) Yet atiku now has him in his fort–cause of Obj


    I wish Atiku the very best!

    • solomon

      Nigerians will never elect homosexual as their president

    • the truth

      the best in loosing for the 4th time. i feel if you tell someone no for three times he should not come meet you and ask for a 4th time. atiku go and retire

  • the truth

    This same atiku that was indicted by the US Senate for corruption and taking kickbacks,this international foreign based criminal wants to be Nigeria president.if u haven’t read the wikileaks cable on atiku I employ you all to go read it on the true atiku

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Despite the acclaimed Extensive political structure, he settled for the governorship of Adamawa State, before he was picked by OBJ for the VP slot. Extensive political structure indeed

  • solomon

    These self-acclaimed born-to rule treasury looters simply won’t give up
    trying to lay their hands on the treasury again. They’ve ruled Nigeria
    for almost 40 years (of the 53 years since independent from Britain)
    with absolutely nothing to show for it but to Islamize the country. Pave
    the way for the younger or Obama generation to help move Nigeria to a
    modern socio-economic level. Nigerians don’t need corrupt old-timers
    like Atiku.

    • Wähala

      Neither do we need very corrupt new-timers like Jona Dumbo…

  • Ette

    The train has crashed before it starts off. Borishade? The thief, Wicked cultists who was responsible for the deaths of so many Nigerians through plane crashes?. Atiku? One of the most corrupt Nigerians, and confusionist? Not in Nigeria again. APC will go down in shred if Atiku is mistake,y given any presidential platform. Nigeria needs someone of the mould of Oshiomole, Amaechi, Duke, Fashola, etc.

    • emmanuel

      Okay to delete…Amaechi

      • the truth

        i am from rivers and amaechi has been a disaster, he started out good with public support, but lost focus

    • Wähala

      True talk. Anyone who has run but failed, anyone who has served but failed… is persona-non-grata. We want fresh faces with proven and verifiable track record, Change We Can Believe In… wallahi !

  • wode

    Somebody needs to tell Atiku that he has lost the game since 2003 when he succumbed to the pressure on letting Obasanjo continue for the 2nd term. That’s the best opportunity he had.

    • the truth

      thrice a looser. atiku has been loosing for a decade now. i feel if the people have said no to you for three times, please it is time to retire sir atiku

      • Wähala

        If he has no shame in serial losing, he must be a desperado…
        Means, he really want to finish-off Nigeria and God no go gree..

        • the truth

          men i disagree with u on all things, but we agree on this, if anything the last man we need is atiku. god no go gree. its just like romney decamping four times just to be president.smh

          • Wähala

            Never say ‘never’…under good arrangement, devil can meet God!
            I’m ready to meet you half way if you stop telling my people to jump off the cliff… lol!

  • concerned9ja

    It is a sad thing people like Atiku are coming out again. Tainted, stained and old self, but we would not have gotten this low if Calamity Jona had performed even 10 per cent. The worst of Abacha is better than this dealer with the brain of a fish.

  • emmanuel

    Na the Borishade when steal aviation money with OBj? E ma se o!

  • the truth

    i wonder what the likes of atiku are still doing in politics. its just like mitt romney lost as a republican to obama, decamped to be a democrat, ran and lost again, decamped back to the republican party, lost and now with the democats again. are we suppose to take that individual serious, or someone that is power hungry?

  • peter

    This thief and worst ever Aviation Minister ? His ineptness caused multiple air disasters and he is lined up to be a campaign director ? The ambition is dead on arrival.

  • Onyeamama

    Prior to running for election seasoned politicians employ professionals to conduct polls to gauge their chances of winning. It is important that Mr Atiku does that to ensure that he is not wasting his money. No doubt he has plenty of it. APC should also help. They need to poll Nigerians. Who has the best chance of defeating a seating President?. Remember a former president once said that it is impossible for a ruling party to loose an election. Nobody other than the electorate should be deciding this election. This is the most important election in Nigerian history. Every vote must count.

  • Comfortkay

    What is really missing in the life of Alhaji Atiku? What did he wants to achieve, when will young people gets a chance to rule this country, the Austrian Foreign Minister is just about 28 years of age and he was discovered by his party leaders and he did not miss-use his chances, but in Nigeria it is the same old people that are in politics and fighting to be leaders. If he Atiku gets the Presidential ticket which l don’t believe he would, the that is a political end of APC.

  • Enemona

    This doesn’t look good. I hope Buhari has a better game plan, I don’t want this man. APC knows better that presenting Atiku as candidate makes the election a walk in the park for PDP.

    • Mustash

      Absolutely correct my brother. .

  • Gotlieb Adebayo

    Wishing you all the best,you seems ready, but I heard you offend Baba ,don’t know how Baba right hand man would help you pacify him,because it seem Baba knows everybody in Adamawa.

  • Maria

    Atiku cannot win APC ticket… it is an exercise in futility.

  • Goodluck_Nigeria

    Buhari is finished !!!

  • uckhalifa

    The CHANGE we clamour for definitely not an Atiku!

  • humm

    He will bancrupt the country . He has no record to prove any competency other than spending our money and chasing men and women. What gives him the idea that he can do a better job than GEJ who is equally incompetent . He has ZERO chance of winning, MR. LOSER.

  • True Nigerian

    Does anyone remember the history of Borishade? Can you see why Nigerian politics will always produce horrible leaders? With Atiku’s own reputational baggage, he is still happy to put a horrifying character as his campaign manager. These guys simply believe that Nigerian voters are idiots.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Dead on arrival! Borishade, know that your terms of employment last till the day results of the presidential election are announced. So save whatever payments you receive now for the rainy day!

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