I’m most qualified to lead Nigeria – Atiku

Atiku Abubakar endorsed by Adamawa APC
File photo of Atiku Abubakar and to his left is Adamawa Governor, Jibrilla Bindow

A presidential aspirant of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Atiku Abubakar, has said President Goodluck Jonathan’s poor leadership was due to a lack of experience.

He said Mr. Jonathan was not qualified to lead Nigeria as a president.

The former vice president was addressing delegates of the APC primaries in Jos on Tuesday at his residence.

He said Mr. Jonathan was forced into office and did not willingly contest the 2011 elections.

Mr. Abubakar said Mr. Jonathan had fallen short of ideas to govern Nigeria, considering the current security situation.

“Today, we are suffering all forms of issues as a country, because we have someone on board, who was not qualified to vie for the presidency, that is why he is doing what he is doing, because he did not seek for the position he is occupying,” Mr. Abubakar said.

He said he was contesting the forthcoming elections to correct the wrongs in Nigeria.

“Of all those contesting the 2015 presidential election in Nigeria, I am the most qualified,” he said. “I served Nigeria eight years as vice president in a democratic government; who among them has done such, and I am the most suitable. But I am not desperate. If I was desperate I should have supported (Olusegun) Obasanjo’s third time plan, but I rejected the idea, that was why the third term ambition could not succeed. If I did, all those in government today, where would they have been?

“Apart from this, I am one of those who fought tooth and nail for the return of democratic governance in Nigeria. Some persons lost their lives in the process. I rejected working in the military era. They offered me various appointments, but I turned them down.”

Mr. Abubakar appealed to APC members nationwide to support any APC candidate that would clinch the ticket of the party’s presidential flag bearer to contest with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Speaking on governance in Plateau state, the APC presidential aspirant called on the Plateau electorate to change the fortune of the state by voting out PDP.

The event was brief as the APC Presidential aspirant revealed he was rushing to Abuja to be screened on Tuesday.


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  • Frank Bassey

    You are the most qualified to LOSE after 3 failed attempts!

    • Hajia Binta (Mai kulikuli)

      No..Papa Buhari is the most qualified…..TO LOSE!!!

      • ogechi

        If That be the case,then Jonathan Is lost

      • Otile

        Beko, ọ̀nà ìtànkálẹ̀

  • sir Oscie

    Atiku Abubakar is obviously better prepared than other APC aspirants because of clear and well “ATIKULATED” vision and objectives for Nigeria and Nigerians. Buhari candidacy will surly spell doom for the APC, I will advice the party leaders to shine their eyes…
    #ANigeriaForAll. Support CHANGE! Support Atiku2015!!!

  • Mr. Abdin

    Buhari has all the qualities needed to govern this country because of his experience and his connections across divides.

    • PROF

      Buhari must first learn how to govern his mouth.

  • the truth

    APC should give atiku the ticket. I think he is the most complete candidate for apc

    • Olla Kellany

      After the rule of stealing is not corruption you want Nigeria to follow it up with the rule of armed robbery is not corruption. Please is your thinking faculty completely dead ?

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Does he mean the most qualified thief ?

  • Frame

    GEJ had been in democratic power for 6 years and he has failed.
    We need someone with integrity, accountability,
    bold and decisive.
    GEJ and Atiku are not on the list.
    We need someone that can send assassins to Chad, Sudan, Niger, Libya to secretly assassinate all sponsors of Boko Haram. This is how to show yourself as the president of the giant of Africa!

  • PEOPLE

    ATIKU IS MORE QUALIFY TO STEAL MORE NIGERIA MONEY AND INVEST OUR MONEY IN DUBAI AND SOUTH AFRICA.
    VOTE FOR ATIKU IS A BIG WASTE.

    • Mr. Abdin

      He is not as clueless as GEJ.

  • UK BOY

    i thought he said ” i’m not qualified to lead Nigeria – Atiku”. The caption should have read thus.

  • UK BOY

    My vote is for buhari, not for APC, because i don’t like the party and the its totalitarian nature-TINUBU. For me if we want a better nigeria, then buhari should be the man at the helm of affairs.

  • Adoki Achine

    Atiku also said in Jos that the reason he did not contest against Obasanjo was because he is not a desperate politician (See story in Punch and ThisDay). But Atiku is just lieing and changing his story for one day to the other. Just last year, this was what Atiku said:

    “HOWEVER, THE GOVERNORS OBJECTED TO (THE ZONING) ARRANGEMENT. I WAS THEN IN A DILEMA; IS THE GOVERNORS’ OBJECTION GENUINE, OR JUST A POLITICAL GIMMICK? WHAT IF I FOLLOWED THEM TO RUN AGAINST THE PRESIDENT AND THEY LATER ON TURN THEIR BACK ON ME AND ALIGN WITH THE PRESIDENT? AT THE END OF THE DAY, ONE WOULD NEITHER BE A VICE PRESIDENT OR (SIC) A PRESIDENT, BECAUSE POLITICS IS A SLIPPERY GAME.”

    This interview was conducted by Punch newspapers and published on November 2, 2013. It is the complete opposite of what Atiku is telling us now. For me, the APC people should be careful how they handle this man because if he gets that ticket, many people will not be motivated to vote for the party. The man does not only have this constant corruption burden hanging over him, he suffers from huge credibility problems. The Punch interview also showed the man’s desperation: He would rather be vice president than leave Obasanjo, whom he had clearly fallen out with. Nigerians should be very very careful with this man, especially his party.

    • Mr. Abdin

      It seems you are completely out of point are you trying to tell us that Atiku is incompetent or what? Remember if Atiku had wanted to be the flag bearer of the PDP in 2003, he would have done that but he decided to respect his boss Obasanjo for him to continue. Remember you can never compare Atiku with GEJ because the are not of the same class in terms of leadership qualities and experience.

  • Baba Jada

    Atiku is a true democrat who believes in Nigeria, He has the determination and experience to develop this country further. His policy plans coupled with his experience and effort makes his the ideal APC presidential candidate. he isn’t tribal or sectional but uniting and accommodating of all. Your country needs you Atiku. #Nigeriaforall

  • Nuorah

    Atiku is the only politician who fought his boss former president Obasanjo in 2003 against the imposition of third term and that brought stability in the polity. Is only Atiku can tackle the security challenges by empowering the military with the required gadgets and create room for more recruitment of security personnel to curtail the insurgency in the country. Vote for Atiku

  • bulltron10

    GEJ supporters accusing Atiku of corruption should shut their dirty mouths. Was it not GEJ that came out and said “corruption is nothing but mere stealing and he doesn’t give a damn about it” so if he doesn’t think there is something wrong with corruption then why should Atiku be blamed. If GEJ thought corruption was bad would he not have punished those accused of it in his administration, for somebody that sheilds deizani from prosecution, protected stella odua after she was caught red handed and even took her on a trip to Jerusalem, They don’t have the right to even speak on this matter. the biggest single theft happened under his watch (20 billion dollars 1/3 the national budget) and he went after the whistle blower not the thief.

    • Mr. Abdin

      My friend tell them the truth.

  • Zirem

    Its one thing to want to be the president of Nigeria and is entirely a
    different ball to be ready to be the president. Atiku through his ideas
    filled campaign programs has shown he is very ready for the job. Atiku 2015. #ANigeriaForAll

  • akanbi odeku

    “That is because the academic unit that I head at Carleton University,
    the Institute of African Studies, is preparing for one of the biggest
    annual events on its extremely busy calendar of activities. Once a year,
    we partner with the Group of African Ambassadors and High Commissioners
    in Ottawa to organise a major international conference on a burning
    African issue.”

    So, how many of these African ambassadors represent countries with mandates for their ministers or even their president or heads of state sef? Yet, they are organizing such a major conference? this is not excusing Nigeria but methinks it is a “post-colonial” problem and it should be so treated.