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    Atiku Says He Contested Gov’ship Election Four Times, Vows To Handover Political Structure To Youths


    Apr 12, 2022

    Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has revealed that he contested for the governorship position four different times before he finally won it in 1999.

    Naija News reports that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 2023 presidential aspirant made this known on Tuesday when interacting with leaders of his support groups from across the country in Abuja.

    While expressing delight that more young people are participating in politics, Atiku stated that it is his dream to mentor the young generation and handover his political structure to them.

    “It is encouraging that these days I see many young people come to me declaring intentions to run for various political positions, some state assemblies, some national assembly and even some aspiring to be governors,” Atiku said.

    “The beautiful thing is that this shows that our democracy is being strengthened. I also started early like many of you. I started in my late 30s. During our time, our direction was to fight the military and return the country to civil rule.

    “In joining politics, you have to be focused, principled and courageous. For example, I contested for the governorship position four times before I was finally elected. That is politics for you. You have to be determined and be courageous.”

    Atiku expressed gratitude to leaders of the support groups for the roles that they played during the 2018-19 election.

    He also commended the groups for their discipline and their determination to be better organized than the last outing.

    Atiku said, “That we are more organized now is a reflection of the fact that we are now more experienced and with experience comes more knowledge and what that means is that if there was any mistake that we made last time, we are in a better position to avoid such mistakes now”.

    This article was originally published on Nigeria News

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