The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, is set for talks with the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).
This will be based on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by CUPP to engage its members during the 2019 electioneering campaign of Atiku.
Atiku who recently defeated 11 other aspirants to the PDP ticket in Port Harcourt, is aware of an existing agreement among 38 political parties in the CUPP which will likely make them support a sole candidate against President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2019 elections.
Sources disclosed that Atiku met with the bigwigs of CUPP to unveil his plans for the parties in the event of his success at the 2019 general elections.
The source revealed, “The victory of His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar at the Port Harcourt convention is a demonstration of his popularity across the country and indeed the world.
“But we are not even celebrating yet because the work ahead is enormous. To this extent, our Presidential flag bearer is reaching out to our brothers and sisters in the CUPP to discuss the possibility of working together.
“He (Atiku) is aware that the signing of a MoU by the parties does not guarantee anything. So, in a meeting with them next week, His Excellency will discuss the need of forging a common front starting from the soon-to-be- constituted Presidential campaign organization.
“The reason this is being done is to make concerned parties realize the importance of ousting the APC in 2019 and now that they have made the singular mistake of fielding an unpopular candidate who in the past three and a half years, has left the country in deep mess, all hands must be on deck to ensure victory for the only man who has what it takes to send Buhari back to Daura”.
It was also explained that some CUPP stakeholders including the national chairman of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC), Buba Galadima flew into Port Harcourt during the PDP national convention for the purpose of drumming up support for Atiku.
The representatives of the coalition will continue to hold talks with Atiku’s camp in order to map out strategies that will ensure the victory of Atiku at next year’s polls.