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Nigeria 2023: Atiku risks disqualification after five presidential campaigns

By Akin Irede
Posted on Tuesday, 25 May 2021 11:02

Nigeria Election
Opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar waits to cast his vote during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Yola, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Former Nigerian Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has had one ultimate goal for the last 28 years: to be the country’s president. But with a pro-Buhari group trying to cast out his candidacy on citizenship grounds, and an attempt to tie him to the collapse of Bank PHB, there are legal fights ahead for Atiku.

Atiku, a retired customs officer, first contested the presidency in 1993 when the military junta of General Ibrahim Babangida organised the presidential election. Atiku finished third at the primaries of the Social Democratic Party, losing to the eventual winner, MKO Abiola and Babagana Kingibe. But the 46-year-old retired customs officer gained the respect of many when he endorsed MKO and soon stamped his presence in Nigeria’s political scene.