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    40 political parties adopt Atiku as consensus presidential candidate

    APA – Lagos (Nigeria)

    As political campaigns hit up in Nigeria ahead of the 2019 general elections, 40 political parties have adopted former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as their consensus candidate in the presidential election.

    The parties under the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) took the decision on Wednesday after a closed-door meeting at the Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja.

    The national spokesperson for the coalition, Ikenga Ugochinyere, said in a statement that the decision to endorse the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) enjoyed the majority support of the parties at the meeting.

    “The coalition arrived at Atiku’s choice after he towered high on the criteria used by the opposition in arriving at the decision, which include national acceptability, financial capacity, spread of his political party, leadership capacity, international acceptability, experience, capacity to rebuild the economy, secure the country and unite all Nigerians among other factors,” he said.

    He added that the coalition parties would hold a formal meeting with Atiku before Friday to flag off the CUPP campaign. 


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