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CUPP adopts Atiku as consensus candidate

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CUPP adopts Atiku as consensus candidate

The Coalition of United Political parties (CUPP) has adopted the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as a consensus candidate for the 2019 presidential election.


CUPP was formed in June this year by opposition political parties to field a common presidential candidate to oust President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

About 41 political parties and groups, including PDP, signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together in next year’s presidential election.


At the close of time given by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the nomination of presidential candidates on October 18, more than 27 of coalition political parties had fielded presidential candidates.

The African Democratic Congress (ADC) elected former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Obediah Mailafia as its presidential candidate while former Cross River State governor, Mr. Donald Duke emerged the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate.


But after a closed-door meeting at Yar’Adua Centre, CUPP leaders announced the adoption of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as a consensus candidate of the coalition.

A statement by the spokesperson of the coalition, Ikenga Ugochinyere, said the adoption enjoyed majority support CUPP members.

“The coalition arrived at Atiku’s choice after he towered high on the criteria used by the opposition in arriving at the decision which includes national acceptability, financial capacity, spread of his political party, leadership capacity, international acceptability, experience, capacity to rebuild the economy, secure the country and unite all Nigerians among other factors,” the statement added.

It disclosed that a meeting with Atiku for commencement of the coalition campaign would hold on Friday.


However, before yesterday’s adoption, some members of the coalition, including the CUPP Chairman, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola who is a member of ADC and Alhaji Buba Galadinma, Chairman of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (APC), were made members of PDP presidential campaign council.



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