Atiku tried to be the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2014 but he lost to Buhari at the primaries.
Suspicions of this were raised when Adamawa State governor, Jubrila Bindow was quoted as saying that it was "either Atiku or nobody" for the 2019 presidency.
Bindow later denied the comments but the seeds had already been sown.
A confirmation of Atiku’s intentions was finally given by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State in a statement released on Tuesday, November 15.
“Alhaji Atiku is already running for 2019, and he thinks that he can make people like us collateral damage in his attempt to rejuvenate his image,” el-Rufai said.
“This obsession for power inclined him to support the rebellion against the party that manifested in the National Assembly, and is continuing with obvious disrespect for the incumbent president.
“Someone as obsessed with Nigeria’s presidency as he is, should clear up such matters conclusively. We wait to see how well he does with that,” he added.
El-Rufai made the comments after Atiku alleged that he offered him Transcorp shares.
Atiku also denied being corrupt during an interview with Zero Tolerance, a publication of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The former VP tried to be the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2014 but he lost to current president, Muhammadu Buhari at the primaries.
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Atiku is yet to officially announce his 2019 presidential ambition.