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Atiku Abubakar: Nigeria's perennial presidential candidate is back on the stump

By Hakeem Onapajo, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Nile University of Nigeria
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Atiku Abubakar is the candidate for Nigeria’s main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party, in the 2023 presidential election.

He served as vice-president of Nigeria to President Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2007.

Abubakar has had aspirations to be the president since 1992: this is his sixth attempt. He was on the ballot in 2007 and 2019, and lost in party presidential primaries in 1993, 2011 and 2015.
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