2019: Atiku Emerges CUPP Consensus Candidate


Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), the umbrella body of over 45 major opposition parties, has adopted the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as its consensus candidate.

The Coalition reached the decision on Wednesday at a closed door deliberation held at Yar’ Adua Centre in Abuja. The endorsement enjoyed the majority support of the 41 political parties in attendance.

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In a statement issued by CUPP’s spokesperson, Ikenga Ugochinyere, he said the coalition arrived at the former Vice President’s candidacy after he ticked all the boxes and met all the criteria used by the opposition.

According to Ugochinyere, some of the yardsticks used to arrive at the decision, which Atiku fulfilled, included national acceptability, financial capacity, spread of his political party, leadership capacity, international acceptability, experience, capacity to rebuild the economy, capacity to secure the country and unite all Nigerians among other factors.

He added that the coalition will be formally meeting with Atiku before Friday to kick-start the coalition campaign.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.


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