The Coalition of United Political parties (CUPP) has picked the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the consensus candidate of the opposition in the 2019 election.
Backstory: The CUPP, an umbrella body of about 45 major opposition parties, met in Abuja on the Dec. 5th, with about 41 political parties in represented.
The Convener of CUPP, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, disclosed Atiku’s selection while addressing pressmen after a meeting of the coalition members.
Oyinlola said the former Vice President met the criteria used in the choice of a presidential candidate for the coalition. He said the coalition arrived at the decision based on Atiku’s experience in administration, management of economy and politics.
He said, “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.”
He added, “We, therefore, chose ‘him as the CUPP candidate for the 2019 Presidential election.”
He urged members to ensure that the decision reaches the state and grassroots levels.
He said, “A deep appraisal of the recent governorship election in Osun State will tell any discerning mind that it would have been very difficult for the APC to do what it did if the opposition had presented a common front.
“So, our suggestion is that whatever we are doing with the presidential ticket should be done in all states for all positions for the good of our people.”
Why It Matters: With over 45 political parties as members of the CUPP, the coalition’s reach is likely to extend to most, if not all, parts of the country, further increasing Atiku’s chances at the 2019 polls. The next few days would however determine how effective the endorsement is, depending on whether the candidates of all parties in the coalition actually step down for Atiku.