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“This Time Around Is Different” – Says Atiku As He Officially Declares For 2023 Presidency

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"This Time Around Is Different" - Says Atiku As He Officially Declares For 2023 Presidency
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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has expressed confidence about clinching the 2023 presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party and going ahead to win the 2023 presidency during the general election.

Atiku expressed the optimism and confidence on Wednesday as he officially declared interest in joining the race for the 2023 presidency at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.

According to him, he has all the qualities that Nigeria needs in a leader and he is offering himself to serve as the next President of the country.

Atiku boasted that he has the idea of what is needed to fix Nigeria and is ready to be a President who understands and inspires.

While describing Nigeria as a land of opportunities, the former Vice President disclosed that he has consistently been contesting for presidency because of a passion to “rekindle the Nigerian dream.”

He said: “The 2023 election is not just like the usual elections; it is a referendum to decide whether we want greatness or continuous destruction. It is a choice between two paths: the path of unity and progress or the path of division and backwardness.”

“We need a new kind of leadership that will steer us to a positive path. In 2023, we want a President who has ideas on how to fix Nigeria. We want a president who understands, inspires, and is empathetic.

“I have contested for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria a couple of times in the past. My enduring persistence is borne out of my passion to rekindle the Nigerian dream that I was privileged to live.

“Nigeria is a land of possibility. There is no challenging background that will make any Nigerian give up. I am a living witness to what is possible in Nigeria.

“You and I know that Nigeria is in dire need of visionary leadership. Our fundamental principles and purpose as a nation have never been challenged as it is today. Presently, Nigeria is a sinking ship; it must be rescued urgently. That is why I am happy to announce my candidacy for the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

“I offer myself to rescue the sinking ship. Under my captainship, this ship will sail to a brighter course by the grace of God. However, this journey is not mine alone. It is a journey I am taking for all Nigerians. It is also a journey to a destination I planned with my late great mentor, Major General Shehu Musa Yar’adua, and with my beloved compatriot, the late, and great, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola. May their souls rest in peace.”

Also, in a series of tweets from his Twitter handle, Atiku who has tried unsuccessfully in 1993, 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019, said on Wednesday that he believes the 2023 outing would be different.

He added that he has never been as confident as he is feeling about the 2023 outing.

“I have never been this optimistic, and with your support and God’s grace, we will get to the promised land,” he wrote on Twitter.

“This time around is different; our journey will not end at the poll; we will get to work and rescue Nigeria. I invite every Nigerian to join me in this mission to save our dear country.

“Nigeria is a land of possibility. There is no challenging background that will make any Nigerian give up. I am a living witness to what is possible in Nigeria.

“Though we all have different lives and goals and desires we all want one future.”

As earlier reported by Naija News, some of the dignitaries present at the official declaration were Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri, former Kogi Senator, Dino Melaye, former Vice President Muhammad Namadi Sambo, and former Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu.

Others who stormed the venue are Chief Tom Ikimi, Ambassador Roland Omowa, and Josephine Anenih.