Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has said he will not stop contesting for Nigeria’s president seat as long as his health allows him.


He also revealed that his inspiration surged from the story of former American President, Abraham Lincoln, who contested many times before he could occupy the seat in the White House.

“Of course, I will keep contesting again and again as long as I am alive and healthy,” Atiku said during an interview on the Hausa service of the Voice of America in Abuja.

The 77-year-old was the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate during the 2019 and 2023 presidential elections, in which he came second after President Bola Tinubu.

He lost to former President Muhammadu Buhari and incumbent President Bola Tinubu in 2019 and 2023 respectively.

Atiku, who served as vice president to former president Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2007, will be 81 during the next presidential election in 2027.

Despite the age factor, the former vice president said he would “keep contesting” for the number one seat till his health permits.