Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar says he will
run again for president, especially in 2011. Abubakar, who served as vice
president under Olusegun Obasanjo, left the ruling Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) and became the presidential candidate of the Action Congress (AC) during
the 2007 election.
After losing to current President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, Atiku
along with former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari sued in the Nigerian High
Court citing election fraud. Now, Abubakar, who celebrates his 62nd
birthday Tuesday, told VOA he is being urged by
friends and supporters to return to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.
is quite correct because they wanted to know my intention and future, and I
told the country," he said.
was not clear whether he would be running on the ticket of the ruling PDP or
the Action Congress party. He said it would depend on the political situation
in the country.
are expecting, you know, fundamental political reforms to come out. So that
would depend on the unfolding political scenario," Abubakar said.
said his decision to run for president again was made out his patriotic desire
and by urging from his supporters.
Abubakar would not say whether he would challenge current President Umaru Musa
Yar'Adua for the PDP leadership.
is supposed to be a democratic country, and I think there is no question of
limiting choices for Nigerians," Abubakar said.
said he is waiting for the ruling of the Nigerian Supreme Court on his
challenge to the results of the 2007 election. But Abubakar confirmed he has
been asked to withdraw his petition.
number of friends and associates within the PDP and some other leaders. But as
I said, we have gone beyond that now," he said.
said he has always been in support of efforts to re-write Nigeria's constitution,
including the latest effort.
have been on board with constitutional review because the constitution is a
dynamic document, and the country is also dynamic. So I believe there areas
that we need to look at the constitution, like the independence of the election
commission, we also need to strengthen institutions that will support
democracy," he said.
on this past weekend's attempted coup d'etat against Guinea Bissau President
Joao Bernardo Vieira, Abubakar said he has always been against coup d'etats in
I've never supported coups. I think we have gone beyond the era of military
interventions. I think we should try as much as possible so that we can put the
issue of military intervention behind us," Atiku Abubakar said.