The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, the main umbrella body of about 45 major opposition parties, have on Wednesday, endorsed the candidacy of Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the consensus Candidate of the opposition, in the 2019 elections.
This was announced after a closed-door deliberation at the Yar’Adua Centre, in Abuja, when 45 political parties in attendance, endorsed the decision.
The Convener of the CUPP, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who made the disclosure while addressing a World Press Conference, in Abuja, said that the former Vice President met the criteria used in the choice of a Presidential Candidate for the Coalition.
“After a painstaking assessment of what we have across the coalition parties, and after processing the Candidates’ suitability using these criteria, the Steering Committee hereby submits that a former Vice President and Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is the best, and his party, the most virile of all the options before us.”
Oyinola, who was assisted by the National Chairman of the Progressives Peoples Alliance, PPA, Chief Peter Ojonugwa Ameh, during the briefing said: “We therefore, chose him as the CUPP Candidate for the 2019 Presidential election.”
The former Governor of Osun State, who charged members of the Coalition to hit the ground running, reminded them that their main challengers are already in war mode, saying they have launched what they called ‘THE NEXT LEVEL’.
“We must prove to them that we are the masters in this enterprise, and tell them that the Nigerian people would not follow them (the APC) to THE NEXT EVIL scheme they have designed for our country”, Oyinlola stated.