Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar says he is not desperate to be the nation’s President.

He made the assertion while fielding questions from journalists shortly after his meeting with the Oba of Benin in his palace in Benin City on Tuesday.

Atiku, who was at the Oba’s palace to seek royal blessing for his political aspiration, said if he were desperate to be the nation’s President, he would have long achieved it and would have not stepped down for MKO Abiola.

“What do you expect my critics to say. There is nothing wrong in entering the race. I can run as many times as possible. I am fit, qualified. I still have ideas that I believe can put this country on the right path.

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“I am not desperate and if I were desperate, I would have taken the presidency in 2003. If I were desperate, I would not have stepped down for Abiola," Atiku said.

He said his decision to contest for the position of the president was borne out of his desire to improve the lots of Nigerians, promising that he would remain in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) if he was not given the ticket to run in 2019.

Earlier, the Benin Monarch, Oba Ewuare II, tasked all political office seekers to make the security of lives and property their priorities, noting that without security, nothing much can be achieved in the country.

He expressed worry over the state of insecurity in the country, saying that something must be done to protect the lives of Nigerians.

“If there is no peace and security, there is nothing anyone can do. The high level of unprecedented insecurity is something to worry about. We don’t have to fragment the country. We must do our best to keep the country as one. We have all it takes to make Nigeria the best country,” the Monarch said.

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