Social Democratic Party (SDP) has dissociated itself from the adoption of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag-bearer, Atiku Abubakar, as the consensus candidate of Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).
The leaders of the 46-member CUPP had announced Atiku on Wednesday as
the coalition’s consensus candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
CUPP spokesman, Ikenga Ugochinyere, explained that Atiku was chosen
because he “towers above” other candidates in the coalition.
But the decision drew the ire of some CUPP members like the SDP and
National Conscience Party (NCP), who claim that the choice of Atiku was
SDP said: “We hereby state unequivocally that the SDP is not a party
to this arrangement. Although we were initially part of CUPP, the
understanding was that each member party, having elected its
presidential candidate, would then sit in committee to select a
consensus presidential candidate, running mate and other officers of the
“Contrary to this spirit of understanding, one of the political
parties elected its presidential candidate and without consulting the
CUPP went ahead to nominate its running mate and indeed all other
officers of the campaign organisation.”
“This not only negated the understanding between the parties but also
abrogated the agreement itself.”The party urged its members and the
general public who have made up their minds to vote for the SDP
candidate as the next president of Nigeria to stay true to their
convictions about Donald Duke and the SDP “as the best options to take
Nigeria out of its present situation and restore the glory of our great