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Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Nigeria’s recently concluded presidential election, has opened up about the dangers he faced during his decades-long quest to become the country’s leader.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, Atiku disclosed that his desire to enthrone and deepen democracy in Nigeria had almost cost him his life, as he had been battling for the top job for the past 30 years.
During the military era, Atiku said he was involved in a struggle that almost led to his assassination and that of his son, resulting in the deaths of eight policemen who had tried to save them.
He expressed his sadness at the situation, stating that he had devoted his life to the battle for democracy in Nigeria.
He said, “It is with a heart full of sadness that I address you today. I have in the last three decades devoted my life to battle to birth and deepen democracy in our country.
Atiku also recounted how his businesses were nearly crippled, but his commitment to democracy led him to join forces with other compatriots.
As the leader of the defunct Social Democratic Party, he fought and won the 1993 presidential election, which was acclaimed to be the freest and fairest election in Nigeria’s history, despite the absence of the internet at the time.
“That was not all, my businesses were nearly crippled. My commitment in the enthronement of democracy made me join forces with other compatriots.
“As a leader of the defunct Social Democratic Party, together with our current Chairman, we fought and won the 1993 presidential election which was acclaimed to be the freest election in our nation’s history. There was no internet then, yet it was the freest and fairest election”.
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