After three failed attempts at becoming president, Nigerians finally gave President Muhammadu Buhari the opportunity to lead them in the last general elections conducted in March, 2015. Having seen what President Buhari can offer, will Nigerians give Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President, the same opportunity in 2019 and see what he has up his sleeves? TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI takes a look at the unfolding political scenario.

President Buhari contested in 2003 on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and lost to former President, Olusegun Obasanjo. He threw his hat into the ring again in 2007 on the same platform and lost to the late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. Undaunted, in 2011, Buhari ran on the platform of the Congress for Progressives Change (CPC) against former president, Goodluck Jonathan, and lost. He later succeeded in 2015 when he contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), defeating Jonathan who was seeking re-election.

Like the President, Atiku also has a long history of presidential ambition and campaigns. As vice president, his first attempt in 2003 almost succeeded but for PDP stakeholders who prevailed on him to forgo his ambition for his boss, Obasanjo, who was then seeking re-election.

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