Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has stated that he would not run in the 2027 presidential election if People’s Democratic Party (PDP) members collectively decide to zone the party’s presidential ticket to the South East.

He said the decision on his potential candidacy in the 2027 general elections will be determined by the members of his party.

During an interview with the BBC, Atiku, who ran as the PDP’s presidential candidate in the 2023 elections, indicated that it is premature to decide whether he will run for president again in 2027.

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He hinted that his recent interactions with Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate in 2023, could suggest a potential alliance for the upcoming elections.

Atiku’s meetings with Peter Obi, former Senate President Bukola Saraki, and ex-Governor of Jigawa State Sule Lamido were reported by PlatinumPost.

These meetings, according to Atiku, are a positive sign for democratic governance in Nigeria and may indicate a strategic alliance among opposition parties. He dismissed concerns about their ability to agree on a consensus candidate.

He said would respect the decision of PDP on zoning if there is any, “I’ve consistently said since the last elections that if our party members reach a consensus for the South East to produce the candidate, we would all support it. And if other parties align with this agreement, then it will be accepted,” Atiku affirmed.

He acknowledged the possibility of an alliance among opposition parties for the 2027 elections but noted that the specifics of such an alliance are still being discussed.

Addressing rumours about his retirement from politics post-2023 elections, Atiku asserted his continued commitment to political activism.

“We have vigorously opposed military regimes, let alone civilian administrations. If you think otherwise, you are mistaken. We will continue to fight against injustice and poor governance. I am far from retiring from politics,” he stated.

Atiku also clarified that his ongoing political involvement does not hinder new leaders from emerging.

When asked if his recent engagements with prominent politicians were indicative of his plans for the 2027 elections, he responded, “We are committed to democracy and have fought for its establishment. We will persist in promoting good governance and strengthening our democratic system. We cannot stand by and watch things deteriorate.”



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