Former Vice-President Abubakar Atiku has said his interest in the presidency is not out of selfishness, but a desire to offer his service.
He said he is not ready to retire from politics and will continue to serve the country.
Speaking with Niger State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) delegates in Minna, the presidential aspirant said the bid to offer his service to the nation was what motivated him to seek the party’s ticket.
Said he: “I have always been motivated by service to the nation and not for selfish reason. There is no question of me pushing so hard. If I am strong enough and healthy enough, why not continue to offer my services to the country?
“I don’t think I will like to be anybody else other than a Nigerian. The country has been good to me and I will continue to offer my services. This is my motivation. I’m not motivated by selfishness.”
Atiku said he was not ready to retire from politics.
“My retirement will depend on my ability, age and health. I will continue to serve this country,” he added.
The aspirant said Nigeria had recorded the lowest economic growth since the return of democracy during the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, noting that the President Muhammadu Buhari government had failed as far as the economy was concerned.
He said the country had not fully recovered from recession, contrary to the claims of the present administration.