The Chairman of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) and a former Governor of Osun, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola has announced that 45 other opposition parties have formally adopted the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar as its candidate in the 2019 elections.
Oyinlola said this on Wednesday in Abuja at the opening of a meeting of the national chairmen of the coalition which comprises the main opposition PDP) and 45 other parties.
This comes after a chieftain of the CUPP and national chairman of Rebuild Nigeria Party (RBNP), one of the parties that formed the coalition, Dr Japheth Ayanwu disclosed in an interview that “come 2019, we will present one presidential candidate. We have agreed, even before the MoU, that all the parties that come together to form CUPP would in turn vote among the presidential candidates of each of these political parties to pick the CUPP flag bearer for 2019.”
He also added that “CUPP is not a political party, but an amalgamation of political parties that come together to say that we must put an end to the sufferings of Nigerians: a lot of killings, widespread hunger. We decided that in order to put an end to the suffering of our people we must form a unity government before the election and immediately somebody emerges under the platform of the CUPP, you will see the manifesto of the coalition and the slogan and the campaign that we will present to Nigerians. I don’t have any doubt on my mind that Nigerians will agree with us.”