Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Saturday in Adamawa formally declared his bid for the 2019 presidential election.

Abubakar is vying for President on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

His declaration, held at the Ribadu Square in Yola, was witnessed by a mammoth crowd, which included leaders of the PDP from all the geo-political zones of the country. Also at the declaration were members of the National Working Committee of the PDP led by the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.

While addressing the crowd, Atiku said he is contesting the 2019 presidential election to address insecurity, fix the economy and unite the country in a way the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) failed to do in the last three years.

According to him, the APC government only succeeded in dividing the people and destroyed the economy more than ever before in the history of the country.

He appealed to supporters of the PDP to embrace the party for success in the 2019 general election, just as he promised to take over his home state back to PDP.

On his part, the National Chairman of PDP,  Uche Secondus, assured that the party will accord equal level playing ground in the party.

Secondus, who received decamped members of the ruling APC, SDP, PDM and members of the House of Assembly, as well as Chairman of Guyuk local council and eight Councilors, assured a level playing ground in the party.

Also, Senator Ben Bruce who spoke on behalf of the PDP Senators said the country is going through typical pains of bad economy and increasing rate of killings. Bruce said the country needs a detribalized leader like Atiku who can develop the country.

“We can not continue to leave in a country where people are killed every day. We need someone who can salvage and move the country forward like Atiku”, he said.

Earlier, chairman of PDP in the state, Barrister Tahir Shehu, pleaded with the national delegates of the party to produce a presidential candidate from the Northeast region.

He said unfulfilled promises of the ruling APC made people to look for Atiku who is a credible candidate for the post of President

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