The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) on Wednesday adopted the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, as its consensus presidential standard bearer for the 2019 Presidential election.
The Coalition announced Atiku’s emergence after a closed door meeting at Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.
A statement by CUPP First Spokesperson, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, revealed that the 40 opposition parties unanimously endorsed the former Vice President.
It would be recalled that in June this year, some of the opposition parties had promised to present a consensus presidential candidate in the February 16, 2019 poll to wrest power form the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ugochinyere disclosed that the coalition parties will formally meet with Atiku in the next 48 hours for formal commencement of coalition campaign.
Explaining the rationale for Atiku’s choice, he said: “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”.
OWEDE AGBAJILEKE, Abuja