Ex-VP Abubakar wins primary to challenge for Nigeria’s presidency

Former vice president Atiku Abubakar will challenge incumbent Muhammadu Buhari for the Nigerian presidency early next year after winning the opposition Peoples Democratic Party primary.

The ex-vice president, who is from the northeastern state of Adamawa, in May said he would privatise parts of the state oil company and allow the naira currency to float to attract foreign investment if elected as head of state.

Abubakar has already run for the presidency four times. He has amassed a huge fortune in the import-export business, as well as oil, agriculture and telecommunications. Nigerians will elect governors and lawmakers as well as the president in elections set for February and March next year.

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