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45 political parties in CUPP adopt Atiku as presidential candidate



45 political parties in CUPP adopt Atiku as presidential candidate

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has been adopted by about 45 other political parties that make up the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).

The PDP and other political parties in the coalition, about 45 of them, had earlier agreed during the formation of the group to pick and support a presidential candidate from one of the parties.

At the opening of the group’s meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, its chairman, a former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, announced that they have resolved to adopt Atiku as their presidential candidate.

Oyinlola recalling the agreement to select a presidential candidate from the political parties that make up CUPP said, “In furtherance of this objective, therefore, the steering committee invited all political parties in the coalition to forward to us memoranda detailing their suggested ideas on how the candidate of the coalition should emerge and the criteria to use.

“The response was very impressive and rich. The steering committee, which as you all know, has every coalition party represented in it, distilled the suggestions, the aggregate of which was used to arrive at the result.”

According to him, the criteria used in the selection process included national acceptability of candidate and party, strength of the structure of candidate and party across the country; competitiveness of the candidate’s party as against the APC candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari and financial strength of candidate and party.

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