Atiku Abubakar

ATIKU ABUBAKAR 
Atiku Abubakar, Born 25th November 1946, is a visionary, philanthropist, businessman and politician from Jada, Adamawa state Nigeria. Born to an itinerant trader and farmer, Garba Abubakar and his wife, Aisha kande. He is named after his paternal grandfather, Atiku Abdulkadir, and grew up in Kojoli.

Between the years 1954 and 1960, he attended Jada primary school. He went on to the prestigious Adamawa Provincial Secondary school in Yola, where he graduated with a grade three WASC/GCE certificate between 1961 and 1965.

Soon after, he went on for a brief study at the Nigeria Police College in Kaduna, then became a tax officer in the Regional Ministry of Finance from where he gained admission to the School of Hygiene in Kano in 1966-1967, graduating with Royal Society of Health Diploma, while serving as interim student union president. In 1967 he enrolled for a law diploma at the Ahmadu Bello University Institute of Administration, on a scholarship from regional government. He graduated in 1969.

Atiku joined the Department of Customs and Excise in 1969, serving in Seme, Kano, Maiduguri, Kaduna, Ibadan and Lagos. He rose to the rank of Deputy Director (second in command nationwide). Since then, he has attended courses in Leadership Management, Drug Enforcement and Control in Finland, Egypt and the United States of America.

POLITICAL BACKGROUND
After 20 years in the Nigerian Customs, Atiku Abubakar retired at 43 as a deputy director in April 1989. He formed a close friendship with the late retired Major – General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua. In May 1989 after the uplifting of political party politics ban by the Ibrahim Babangida administration, the People’s Front of Nigeria (PFN) political party was established and at its first national convention in June 1989. Atiku Abubakar being one of the six representatives of Old Gongola state, was elected one of the National vice chairmen of the party.

In 1993 Atiku Abubakar contested and won the Social Democratic party (SDP) presidential primary in Adamawa state after a few years of showing support and loyalty to the Yar’Adua group. He however did not go ahead due to the annulment of the June 12 election.

After the brief chaos and the end of the military era, the People’s Democratic Movement was unveiled, and on the 19th of August 1998, saw its launch as a “credible, nationwide, people oriented and principled political party”. Meanwhile in 1999, Atiku Abubakar contested and won the governorship election of Adamawa state but could not move forward due to his nomination to run beside former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as his vice president, a decision that was made during the People’s Democratic Party national convention in 1999.

Following through years of great accomplishments as vice-president from 1999 – 2006, Atiku Abubakar announced his desire to run for presidency on 25th November 2006, delaying the announcement on the political party he would contest under, despite inaugurating a presidential campaign committee. On 20th December 2006, he was chosen as the presidential candidate of the Action Congress (AC) political party, and on 15th March 2007, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the final list of 24 aspirants for the 21st April presidential election.

Following the 2007 elections, Atiku returned to the People’s Democratic Party. In October 2010 he announced his intention to contest for the Presidency. On 22nd November, a Committee of Northern Elders selected him as the Northern Consensus Candidate.

In January 2011, Atiku contested for the Presidential ticket of his party alongside President Jonathan and Sarah Jibril and lost the primary garnering 805 votes to President Jonathan’s 2736.

In August 2013, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) registered two new political parties. One of them was the People’s Democratic Movement.

On Friday, 24th November 2017, Atiku announced his exit from the All Progressives Congress (APC), a party he helped to form. On December 3rd, 2017, via a Facebook Live broadcast, Atiku announced his return to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The announcement on Sunday followed consultations the former Vice President had with party leaders and stakeholders from across the country. He said he decided to ‘return home’ to the PDP now that issues which made him leave the party had been resolved.

In January 2011, Atiku contested for the Presidential ticket of his party alongside President Jonathan and Sarah Jibril, and lost the primary garnering 805 votes to President Jonathan’s 2736.

In August 2013, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) registered two new political parties. One of them was the People’s Democratic Movement.

On Friday, 24th November 2017, Atiku announced his exit from the All Progressives Congress (APC), a party he helped to form. On December 3rd, 2017, via a Facebook Live broadcast, Atiku announced his return to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The announcement on Sunday followed consultations the former Vice President had with party leaders and stakeholders from across the country. He said he decided to ‘return home’ to the PDP now that issues which made him leave the party had been resolved.

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