Nigeria’s Former Vice-President to Make 2015 Presidential Bid

Former Nigerian vice-president Atiku Abubakar aims to stand as the opposition candidate in next year’s presidential election, his office said.

Abubakar, who was vice-president from 1999 to 2007, defected to the All Progressives Congress from the ruling People’s Democratic Party in February. He will formally declare that he will run for the APC’s nomination on Sept. 24, his office in Abuja, the capital, said in an e-mailed statement.

Abubakar is the first prominent opposition figure to publicly state his intention to seek the APC’s ticket. President Goodluck Jonathan, who won the last election in 2011, hasn’t said whether he intends to stand in the poll scheduled for Feb. 14.

The PDP has been in power since military rule ended in 1999. The APC, formed last year in a merger of Nigeria’s biggest opposition groups, says Jonathan has failed to deal with an Islamist insurgency that has killed thousands, and has not delivered on promises to fight corruption in Africa’s most-populous country.

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