28 groups back Atiku’s presidential bid

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

The presidential aspiration of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, received a boost on Thursday as 28 groups endorsed him for the position.

The groups, scattered across Nigeria, said in a joint statement in Abuja that they would work for Mr. Abubakar, who is the Turaki of Adamawa, to actualise his ambition.

They include the Save Nigeria APC Group, Turaki Network for Change, Atiku Youth Assembly, Atiku Youth Vanguard, Turaki Network East Alliance, Igbo Progressive Forum, 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.

The 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.

The former vice president had publicly declared his intention to vie for the presidency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, before a crowd of supporters in Abuja on Wednesday.

It was the fourth time he would be showing interest in the nation’s topmost political office; he contested once, in 2006.

The groups, some of which attended the declaration ceremony, said Mr. Abubakar’s programmes contained the most thought-out agenda for the youths.

They said, “Having listened to the Turakin Adamawa at different fora and during his presidential bid declaration speech, we have all come to a common and indisputable conclusion that he (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. Consequently, we have decided to throw our unalloyed support behind his candidature and also encourage other youth groups across the country to take the same decision.”

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