Jada, Jada LGA, Adamawa State;
Atiku is married to four wives and is blessed with 28 children. He met his first wife, Titilayo Albert at Idi-Iroko when she was 19 years and secretly married her in December, 1971. Titilayo’s children are Fatima, Adamu, Halima and Aminu.
Thereafter, he married his second wife, Ladi Yakubu in January 1979. Ladi gave birth to Atiku, Abba, Zainab, Ummi-Hauwa, Maryam and Rukaiyatu.
Following Ladi is Princess Rukaiyatu, the daughter of late Lamido of Adamawa whom he married in 1983. Princess Rukaiyatu gave birth to Aisha, Hadiza, Aliyu, Asmau, Mustafa, Laila and Abdulsalam.
In 1986, he married his fourth wife, Fatima Shettima. She is the mother of Amina, Mohammed, two sets of twins, Ahmed and Shehu, Zainab and Aisha, and then Hafsat, her last daughter.
Afterwards, Atiku divorced Ladi Yakubu and married Jennifer Iwenjiora Doughlas, a lawyer.
Presidential Candidate, People's Democratic Party
MEMBERSHIP OF POLITICAL PARTIES AND OFFICES HELD:
– People’s Front of Nigeria (PFN), 1989 (National Vice-Chairman);
– People’s Democratic Movement (PDM);
– Defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP), 1991-1993;
– Defunct United Nigeria Congress Party;
– People’s Democratic Party (PDP), 1998–2006 (Vice-President);
– Action Congress (AC), 2006–2009;
– People’s Democratic Party (PDP), 2009–2013,
– All Progressives Congress (APC), 2013–2017;
– People’s Democracy Party (PDP), 2017 till date (Presidential Candidate)
– Turbanned Turaki Adamawa, 1982;
– Nwanne Dinamba of Umuohiagu, Imo State, 1989;
– Sardauna of Ganiye Town, Adamawa State;
– Baagbile Oke-Ona of Egba;
– Aare Adimula of Ife;
– Atunluse of Ijesa Land;
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
– Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, (GCON);
– Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award by National Peace Corps Association (NPCA);
– Honourary Fellowship Award, Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, June 2002.
– “Atiku: The Story of Atiku Abubakar”, by Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo.
– “My Life”.
Reading, Travelling, Current affairs.
During his schooldays, Atiku Abubakar served as President Emeritus of the student union of the School of Hygiene, Kano. He was also Assistant Secretary during the 1966-1967 session.
Abubakar ran for Nigeria presidential office under Social Democratic Party in 1992. Eventually, he came third in the convention primaries, losing to MKO Abiola and Babagana Kinigbe.
Atiku announced his Gongola state gubernatorial run on 1st September 1990. However, in 1991 before the election could hold, the Federal Government divided Gongola state into two – Adamawa and Taraba States. Abubakar fell into Adamawa state. Fortunately, he won the SDP primaries in November 1991 but was disqualified from contesting in the election.
In 1998, he contested as the governor of Adamawa state under People’s Democratic Party and won. However, before his swearing in, he accepted to be the running mate of PDP’s presidential candidate, Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo.
Atiku was sworn in as the vice president of Nigeria on 29th May 1999. He worked together with South African Deputy President, Jacob Zuma to launch South Africa Nigeria Binational Commission. In 2006, he had a clash with President Olusegun Obasanjo over his intention to amend the constitution, which will allow him to run for presidency for the third time.
On December 20, 2006, Action Congress (AC) selected Atiku as their presidential candidate. Thereafter, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) omitted Atiku’s name in the final list of 24 aspirants for the April 21 Presidential election. Apparently, his name was omitted because a panel set up by the government listed him among corrupt persons in Nigeria. However, Abubakar contested the action in court on March 16. At the long run, the supreme court ruled in his favour and he was able to contest.
After the election, Atiku came third, behind Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, PDP candidate and Muhammadu Buhari, ANPP candidate. He also contested for president during the 2011 elections. This time, under the PDP. However, he lost at the primaries to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
In 2018, Atiku announced his interest to contest as Nigeria President under PDP. He won the party’s nomination on October 7 at its convention. He also defeated other contestants with 1,532 votes, leading the Governor of Sokoto state Aminu Tambuwal by 839 votes. Unfortunately, he lost to President Buhari on February 27, 2019.
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