Atiku Abubakar facts: 10 things you might not know about the presidential candidate.
Here are some Atiku Abubakar facts to digest today. The newly elected Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party has some interestingly amazing facts. As we all wait for some showdown with Buhari in 2019, let us five into some cool facts about Atiku Abubakar.
- He His named after his grandfather. In the Hausa land, especially among the Fulani’s, it us a tradition to name their first sons after their paternal grandfathers. So Atiku Abubakar is the first son of his father.
His parents, like many other parents in those days, were against western education so he didn’t go to school. However, after the government found out about this, they punished his parents.
His mother paid a fine and his father was jailed for days. When he was 8 years old, he got enrolled in a primary school where he was outstanding.
He was admitted to Adamawa Provincial Secondary School, Yola in 1960 where he also did well in English Language and Literature but struggled with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
He graduated with a Grade three WASCE/GCE Certificate in 1965 after which he studied at Nigeria Police College, Kaduna.
- He his blessed with 4 wives and 27 children total. He is married to Titi Abubakar, Rukayat , Fatima and Jenifer.
He is wealthy and retains considerable support, especially in the mainly Muslim northern part of the country.
His son is married to the step-daufhter of former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. They got married in April 2014.
He earned money in state business. And in 1974, he built his very first house. He is also blessed with lots of companies in different areas, but he’s more successful in the oil and gas logistics business. He is also the founder if Adama Beverages Limited, and the American University of Nigeria (AUN), both in Yola.
He joined politics in 1980 when he was just 34 years of age. He work closely on the governorship campaign of Bamanga Tukur. Then, he was the managaing director of the Nigeria Ports Authority.
He became the Vice President of Nigeria on May 29, 1999.
He has participated in three presidential runs in Nigeria. The first was in 1992, second was in 2006-2007, when he took thrmird place and got approximately 7%. The third was in 2011 when he gained 22% while Jonathan garnered 78% votes in the primaries.
These are some of Atiku Abubakar facts you didn’t know of.
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