Atiku to formally declare for the Presidency today

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar will today  formally declare his intention to contest for the presidency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The presidential bid by the former vice-president got a boost yesterday with the endorsement of the South-west arm of the APC for his candidacy.

According to a statement issued by his media office in Abuja, Atiku would make his formal declaration at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja this morning.

The statement said activities marking the declaration would be a largely youth-focused event to emphasise his passion for the challenges facing young men and women in Nigeria.

It said youth economic empowerment is one of Atiku’s cardinal objectives, adding that he regards them as the fulcrum around which the development and future of Nigeria revolves.

“In particular, the former vice-president is concerned about rising youth unemployment and would focus his policy objectives on the development of entrepreneurial skills for our youths so that they don’t have to depend entirely on the limited, if not elusive, government jobs,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, a caucus of the APC in the South-west zone has endorsed Atiku as the presidential candidate of the party in the 2015 presidential election.

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