The son of the former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, who is also the Adamawa state commissioner for works and energy development, Alhaji Adamu Atiku Abubakar, has said that although it is too early to talk of 2023 ambition but if his father makes up his mind to contest the presidency, there is nothing wrong if he decided to also contest for elective office in 2023.
He stated this in an interview with journalists in his office in Yola while responding to a question put to him on the ongoing calls by the people of his senatorial district of Adamawa south urging him to vie for the senatorial seat of the zone in 2023.
The position is presently occupied by Senator Binos Yaroe.
“I will be very honest with you, yes of course, I have heard various calls and cries from my people of Adamawa south to view for higher office in 2023, but as I said earlier, it is a new beginning for me, it is a fresh start and like any other person who takes up a new journey will like to grow. So I also want to grow.”
When asked on whether there won’t be conflict if he decided to heed the call of his people in Adamawa south in 2023 and if at the same time his father decided to take another shot in the presidential election come 2023 as being canvassed in some quarters, he said as far as he is concerned, there is nothing wrong with that.
He said: “Thank God you said a hypothetical question. Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with that. My father has been an astute strategic master politician for almost four decades and now I am just only starting and to a greater extent of natural succession. I see no reason why I shouldn’t be running for higher office and at the same time my father is aspiring for the presidency.”
He further noted that one of the major reasons why he decided to move from the private sector to accept appointment as commissioner is to serve the people and give back to society.
He said he could have joined politics long ago, but it was too early and that his father prevailed on him to stay in the private sector and garner enough experience that will serve him in public life and promote him well.