At least three political parties that belong to the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) have dissociated themselves from the endorsement of Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Backstory: The parties, KOWA, Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria (GDPN), and the Social Democratic Party (SDP), released a statement to clarify their stances on the endorsement of Atiku and the PDP by the CUPP.
“Kowa Party stands for transparency and accountability and we consider the CUPP process largely flawed and quite dubiously executed. We had nothing to do with it and are not aware,” the party said.
The National Publicity Secretary of the SDP, Mohammed Alfa, also said the party was not part of the endorsement. He stated that the party already has a candidate, Donald Duke, whose name had been submitted to INEC for the 2019 election.
Alfa said that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party would meet next week to take a position on the issue.
The CUPP had previously announced its endorsement of Atiku, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
Spokesman of the group, Ikenga Ugochinyere, announced that the endorsement followed a consensus by members of the coalition.
However, the SDP publicity secretary has said it was not part of the endorsement.
“We want to enjoin the general public, SDP faithful, especially all our candidates to carry on with their campaigns effectively, irrespective of the development.”
Bottom Line: This was always going to be the likely outcome. Several attempts by different candidates to agree on a consensus candidate have proved unsuccessful. It was unlikely that this one – with so many parties involved – was going to go through without hitches.