Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has been conferred with a doctorate degree of science (Honoris Causa), at the maiden convocation of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Effurun, Delta state.
The chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) was conferred with the degree on Tuesday, March 14, during his visit to Delta state.
It is believed that Atiku’s visit to the state is aimed at helping him to consolidate on his political ambition to run for the presidency. He is yet to announce any plan to contest.
Atiku Abubakar had contested against Muhammadu Buhari under the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform during the primary election in 2015.
Though he lost, he is reportedly still building his support base ahead of the 2019 general election.
Atiku’s profile as a candidate for the 2019 presidential election has been rising in recent times.
Not fewer than 300,000 youths have pledged support for the presidential bid of the former vice president of Nigeria few days ago.
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Vanguard reports that the huge support comes from a group called Concerned Nigerian Youth Development Organization (CNYDO) which has endorsed Atiku as the right man to take over the job of ruling Nigeria from incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.