By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, said Nigerian youths are free to vie for 2023 presidential election.
He stated this while speaking with newsmen on Saturday in Abeokuta, Ogun State, shortly after a closed door meeting former President Olusegun Obasanjo over 2023 his presidential bid.
He played down agitation for the older politicians to quit the stage and allow emergence of a youthful president in the 2023 year election.
Atiku, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in 2019, arrived the penthouse residence located within the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, Ogun State, at 10:10am and went straight into a closed door meeting with Obasanjo.
Although the former vice president has not officially declared his intention to contest the 2023 presidential election, he has commenced consultation across the country.
He had vied for the presidential seat in 2007, 2011 and 2019.
Speaking with newsmen after the meeting which lasted for an hour, the Waziri of Adamawa said he would soon make a formal declaration about his intention to run in 2023.
He also expressed confidence of winning the PDP presidential ticket.
“Have I ever failed to get the ticket? I’m confident,” he said.
When asked about the call that younger presidential candidates should emerge, Atiku responded: “Let the youth compete now. It is a competition. It’s democracy.”
After the meeting with Obasanjo, Daily Trust reports that Atiku and his team had a meeting with the Alake and paramount ruler of Egba land, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, at the Ake palace in Abeokuta.