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2019: Presidential candidates accuse party chairmen of trade-off

Trouble is brewing within the camps of some opposition political parties ahead of the 2019 presidential election, owing to moves to convince their presidential candidates to step down for either President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) or Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

New Telegraph gathered that some of the presidential candidates are displeased with the disposition of their respective party leaders, especially their national chairmen, who are bent on ‘trading off’ their platforms for either Buhari or Atiku.

No fewer than 73 candidates will be contesting the 2019 presidential election scheduled for February 16 against 14 that contested the 2015 presidential election.

Two parties, Labour Party (LP) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) adopted the then PDP candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan as their candidate.

The United Progressive Party (UPP) has formally endorsed Buhari as its candidate for the 2019 general elections.

Speaking with New Telegraph, a presidential candidate of one of the parties, who lamented pressure on him by the national executive of his party for him to drop his ambition and endorse another candidate by January, said: “My party executive has probably reached a deal with one of the two leading parties and they want to conscript me into their game plan”.

New Telegraph, December 28, 2018

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