The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has commenced the process of searching for a consensus candidate for opposition parties.
The spokesperson of the coalition, Ikenga Ugochinyere, said the decision was reached during a meeting at the Yaradua Centre on Tuesday.
The meeting was chaired by the meeting of the steering committee, Olagunsoye Oyinlola was attended by the national chairman of SDP, Olu Falae; national chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus; RAPC chairman, Buba Galadima; the leadership of National Intervention Movement; Tafawa Belewa amongst others.
“The process of selecting the consensus flag bearer of the coalition of opposition political parties under the umbrella of CUPP (Coalition of United Political Parties) met behind closed doors today at the Yaradua Center, Abuja, where the decision was taken to start the process that will lead to the eventual selection of the consensus candidate for the major opposition parties in Nigeria”, Ikenga said in the statement.
The statement also continued with the chieftains pledging their readiness and commitment to forge a common front to chase out the “incompetent” All Progressives Congress (APC) led administration and rescue the country from the gradual drift to what it described as a “state of economic hopelessness and reign of impunity”.
The 38 registered political parties came together earlier in the year to form the coalition whilst signing a memorandum to work together to win the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the 2019 general elections.
However weeks and months later, it seemed the memorandum was not significant as various parties went ahead to conduct presidential primaries, fielding candidates.
Many of the CUPP leaders who attended Tuesday’s meeting are believed to be closet supporters of the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who is most likely to emerge as the CUPP consensus candidate.