- ‘I contested governorship election four times’
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said that he mentored many young politicians and that he was delighted doing so.
Encouraging young politicians not to be daunted by challenges in politics, he disclosed that he contested for the governorship position four different times before he finally won it in 1999.
Atiku disclosed this during interaction with leaders of his support groups from across the country in Abuja.
He said he was delighted that more young people were participating in politics today and that it was his dream to mentor the young generation and hand over his political structure to them The Trumpet gathered.
According to him, “it is encouraging that these days I see many young people come to me declaring intentions to run for various political positions, some state assemblies, some national assembly and even some aspiring to be governors.
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“The beautiful thing is that this shows that our democracy is being strengthened. I also started early like many of you.
I started in my late 30s. During our time, our direction was to fight the military and return the country to civil rule.
“In joining politics, you have to be focused, principled and courageous. For example, I contested for the governorship position four times before I was finally elected. That is politics for you. You have to be determined and be courageous.”
He thanked leaders of the groups for the roles that they played during the 2018-19 election and commended them for their discipline and determination to be better organized than the last outing.
“That we are more organized now is a reflection of the fact that we are now more experienced and with experience comes more knowledge and what that means is that if there was any mistake that we made last time, we are in a better position to avoid such mistakes now, ” he added.