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Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (Born 25 November, 1946) is a dogged, seasoned and experienced Nigerian politician who has been relevant in the socio-political space for over three decades in the country. He has leadership skills with capacity that has been manifest in the various roles he has occupied since the 80s.
Atiku is passionate about a cohesive, integrated, transformed and economically viable Nigeria that creates opportunities for all the citizens, closing the wide inequality gap and uplifting millions from poverty.
The Former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999-2007), Atiku Abubakar an indigene of Adamawa State in the North-Eastern region of Nigeria is also a pragmatic business leader, with investments in various sectors of the Nigerian economy.
A former Deputy Comptroller General of Customs in Nigeria, Atiku is an audacious leader who will go any length to drive and steer a movement and vision he believes in. In the 1980s he began his political career by working for Chief Bamanga Tukur’s Gubernatorial campaign, and later worked with former Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen Shehu Musa Yaradua (Late) and was the Vice-Chairman of the Peoples Front of Nigeria led by Yaradua.
In 1991 he contested the Gubernatorial position in then Gongola State (Now Adamawa and Taraba States) but still remained a close associate of Shehu Umaru Yaradua (Late).
In 1993 Atiku contested for President under the platform of the Social Democratic Party(SDP) , but lost to Chief M.K.O Abiola(Late) who was the flagbearer for the party in the annulled June 12, 1993 elections.
Atiku emerged the key driver of the Peoples Democratic Movement that joined other political movements to form the Peoples Democratic Party in 1998. He contested and won the Gubernatorial elections in Adamawa State, but was tapped to serve under President Olusegun Obasanjo as the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
As Vice-President he was the Chairman of the National Council of Privatization and played an instrumental role in the Privatization process of the Telecommunications Industry, which has been described as one of the best economic decisions of the Obasanjo administration.
With his wealth of knowledge and understanding of business, Atiku carried out other pro-business reforms of the Obasanjo administration, which saw Nigeria’s economy experiencing a turnaround attracting key investments from the western nations.
He came to limelight when it was widely reported of his refusal to endorse a much talked about third-term ambition of President Olusegun Obasanjo in between 2005 and 2006. Nigerians commended him for his firm stand despite all his travails towards the tail end of his tenure.
In 2006 Alhaji Atiku Abubakar joined the Action Congress to mobilize efforts to contest elections against the Peoples Democratic Party, but he returned back to the PDP in 2009.
When things did not go the way he planned and desired, the former Vice-President joined the All Progressives Congress in 2013, where he contested and lost the Presidential primaries in 2014 to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Atiku supported Buhari as the APC defeated the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s PDP government in the 2015 general elections, and delivered Adamawa State during the polls.
The former Vice-President has business interests like Intels (Maritime and Oil servicing) and Adama Beverages Limited. Despite the narrative and allegations that he is a corrupt politician and businessman, there has been no proof or criminal conviction from a court of competent jurisprudence in the country.
He is also the founder of one of the best private Universities in Nigeria, the American University of Nigeria in Yola, Adamawa State which is raising world-class leaders.
The Waziri Adamawa believes he has the vast experience from the public and private sector, to lead Nigeria to economic prosperity and national cohesion. He is a strong believer in the clamour for restructuring
In 2017, After assessing the situation in the All Progressives Congress party Atiku Abubakar defected and returned back to the PDP, citing the failure of the former to give hope and provide opportunities to Nigerians.
His political ambition to be President is very much intact and he believes he has what it takes to lead the PDP, to victory in 2019 general elections if he emerges the Presidential candidate.
The distinguished politician attended Jada Primary School, Adamawa State, Adamawa Provincial Secondary School, School of Hygiene, Kano were he served as Interim Student Union Government President and bagged a Diploma in Law at the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University
An interesting part of Atiku is his political and social activism on the social media. He understands how to engage the youth through his twitter account @atiku on issues in the nation, and is a passionate Arsenal Football Club fan.
Atiku is also a Philantrophist that has contributed to the upliftment of thousands of Nigerians from poverty.
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is married and blessed with Children and Grandchildren.