The Coalition of United Political parties, CUPP, the umbrella body of about 45 major opposition parties , few hours after a closed door deliberation at the Yar’ Adua Centre Abuja today announced former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of PDP as the consensus candidate of the opposition in the 2019 election.
Over 41 political parties in attendance, endorsed the decision which enjoyed majority support. The Convener of CUPP, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who made the disclosure while addressing a world press conference held at Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja, said the former Vice President met the criteria used in the choice of a presidential candidate for the coalition.
Oyinlola said the CUPP; an umbrella body of 45 registered political parties in the alliance arrived at the decision based on the candidate’s (Atiku) experience in administration, management of economy and politics.
He declared, “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 People’s 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 National of 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 mood, they have launched what they called THE NEXT LEVEL.
According to him, “I welcome all of you. to this very important General meeting of the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP. You will recall that at the inauguration of the steering committee of the CUPP, we were saddled with the responsibility to midwife and supervise the selection of a joint presidential candidate for the coalition.