With barely less than a month to the 2019 presidential elections, Nigerians have combed through Google to ask a few questions about the candidates competing to become the country’s supreme leader for the next four years.
According to Google Trends data of January 15, which reflects search interests relating to different topics on a weekly basis, Nigerians have been desperate to know certain things about the nation’s political elites and heavyweights who seek to boss the country’s highest office.
And at the top of the list is Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Here are the top 10 below:
- Atiku Abubakar
- Muhammadu Buhari
- Kingsley Moghalu
- Fela Durotoye
- Omoyele Sowore
- Donald Duke
- Chris Okotie
- Aliyu Ibrahim
- Usman Ibrahim
- Ahmed Buhari
A careful glance at the data (above) shows that Atiku has always been ahead of Buhari in the list of top-searched Nigerian presidential candidates, between January 1 to 15, while there is a noticeable fluctuation among the other presidential candidates.
Here is a quick rundown of the 5 things Nigerians were inquisitive to know about Atiku in the last seven days.
How old is Atiku Abubakar?
Atiku Abubakar is currently 72-year-old and was born on November 25, 1946.
Who Is Atiku Abubakar?
Atiku Abubakar is a Nigerian politician and business tycoon, who served as the 11th vice-president of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007 under the presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo.
Before he was called by Obasanjo in 1998, he was elected Governor of Adamawa State.
He is a co-founder of Intels, an oil servicing business with extensive operations in Nigeria and abroad. He is also the founder of Adama Beverages Limited, and the American University of Nigeria (AUN), both in Yola, Adamawa.
Abubakar has four wives and is the father of 28 children.
Where is Atiku Abubakar from?
He was born to a Fulani trader and farmer Garba Abubakar, and his second wife, Aisha Kande, in Jada village of Adamawa State.
What is the history of Atiku Abubakar in PDP party?
Atiku, who was a member of People’s Democratic Party, when he was elected vice-president with Obasanjo on February 27, 1999, was involved in a bitter public battle with his boss, ostensibly arising from the latter’s bid to amend certain provisions of the constitution to take another shot at the presidency (for the third consecutive time), and that was in 2006.
The dispute and acrimony stirred by the failed constitutional amendment momentarily caused a rift in the People’s Democratic Party. The Nigerian National Assembly eventually voted against any amendments allowing Obasanjo to run for another term – a development that further damaged the personal relationship between both men.
Abubakar on November 25, 2006 announced that he would run for president and on December 20 that same year, he dumped the PDP and was chosen as the presidential candidate of the Action Congress (AC).
After the 2007 elections, Abubakar returned to the People’s Democratic Party. In October 2010 he announced his intention to contest for the Presidency.
But on February 2, 2014, he left the PDP to the join All Progressives Congress (APC) with the intent of contesting the Nigerian presidency in 2015 on the party’s platform.
On November 24, 2017 Abubakar also dumped the APC – a party he helped to form – and then announced his return to the PDP on December 3, that same year, via a Facebook Live broadcast.
On October 7, 2018, he emerged the PDP presidential candidate for the 2019 election, defeating the likes of Aminu Tambuwal and Bukola Saraki.
When did Atiku Abubakar travel To USA last?
We can not categorically tell the date, but Abubakar, has not been able to travel to the U.S. since he left office as vice president from 1999-2007 – which means he could not have travelled the moment he was done with his tenure as VP.
And this is not unconnected to a case of alleged bribery scandal involving a former US congressman, William Jefferson.
Atiku was accused of demanding a bribe of $500,000 to facilitate the award of contracts to two American telecommunication firms in Nigeria.