Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Saturday officially declared his decision to seek the Peoples Democratic Party ticket to contest for 2019 Presidential election.
Atiku while declaring his ambition before a cheering crowd packed into Yola town square in Adamawa state decried the large-scale killings that have touched many parts of the country in recent months.
The former Vice President said President Muhammadu Buhari’s government would be remembered more for its bloodshed than any development it brought to citizens.
His words: “Today, we are witnessing the most insecure atmosphere,” Mr Abubakar said of the killings largely blamed on herdsmen, bandits and militias, before promising to tackle them headlong if elected. “More people died under APC than people killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
He told a crowd chanting “Atiku! Atiku!” shortly after 2:00 p.m. that he would curtail inflation and unemployment rate in the country, saying Mr Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress have displayed a common lack of capacity when it comes to the issues that matter to citizens the most.
“Today, we have the highest unemployment rate in history of this country, more than one million of our youth are unemployed,” Mr Abubakar said, adding that the PDP would secure the country, ensure unity and security of life and property.
He also hit Mr Buhari at one of his most vulnerable areas: “Today, we are more divided than at any other time in Nigeria’s history.”
The president has been accused of packing key federal offices with people from his region, with critics slamming him as flouting the federal character and affirmative action principles enshrined in federal laws as necessary fabrics for holding an ethnically and religiously diverse entity like Nigeria together.