Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said he was still consulting widely on whether or not to contest the 2015 presidential election.
Coordinator of Atiku Media Office, Mallam Garba Shehu, told this correspondent in Abuja yesterday that the former Vice President had not made a categorical statement on whether he would run in 2015 or not, contrary to reports from a section of the media.
“I am in politics, not because it offers me the opportunity to be somebody, but because it offers me the opportunity to serve my country. However, the course of time will determine my formal declaration of interest. I am still consulting across the country and within my party,” Atiku said.
Although he did not provide specific commitment, Atiku said that, as a politician, he would always be involved in the affairs of his country. According to him, only “God knows what is in store for everyone of us.”
He remarked that any definitive declaration of aspiration at this stage could amount to jumping the gun because his decision to run would depend on many complex factors.
Despite media and public curiosity about his political future in 2015, the former Vice President insisted that the course of events would determine his formal decision.
He explained that he has no right to stop any group from meeting in a democracy, adding, however, he would rather seek his aspiration within the larger PDP fold.