Ahead of the forthcoming presidential election, no fewer than 34 political parties in Ogun State under the aegis of Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, have adopted the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
They took the decision at an enlarged meeting held on Thursday at the Sagamu residence of the former Governor of Ogun State and Deputy Chairman, PDP Presidential Campaign Council, (South), Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
Speaking during the meeting, the leadership of the political parties and their candidates at all levels unanimously agreed that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has failed in its electoral promises, hence the need to endorse a credible alternative in the candidacy of Abubakar “going by his leadership qualities and track records of achievements both in the private and public sectors.”
Addressing the gathering, the National Chairman of the Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN, and Assistant Secretary of the Steering Committee of CUPP, Razak Eyiowuawi, said the main aim of the body was to “save Nigeria from insecurity, violence and hardship which has become the order of the day and the only way out of the impending danger is to vote out the ruling party by coming together as one united front to usher in a new administration.”
A statement sent to DAILY POST by Daniel quoted Eyiowuawi as saying that the forthcoming election was not for Nigerians as individuals but for incoming generations.
Also speaking on behalf of the Ogun Labour Party, its former Chairman and House of Representatives candidate, Comrade Niyi Osoba insisted that “the present government has failed in its entirety,” adding that, “it will be shameful if the APC is returned to power under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari who has constantly exhibited lack of capacity to govern.”
Commenting, Daniel thanked the leadership of the coalition group for their sensitiveness and concern for the nation’s future and welfare of her citizenry.
The former governor said the current situation in the country calls for a, “radical departure from the status quo and this could only be achieved through collective efforts and engagement of all well-meaning Nigerians irrespective of their political inclination.
“The coming election will be very close hence, everybody’s vote matters.
“What you have done today has further driven home the decision by 47 political parties throughout the federation which had earlier pledged their support for Atiku Abubakar at the national level.
“it will be recalled that the current government based its campaign on three major issues of provision of security, fighting corruption and improvement of the economy none of which they executed as we speak”. Instead, they revised the fortunes of the country from one of the largest economies in the third world during former President Jonathan’s era to poverty capital of the world according to global statistics.
“It has come to a stage where we have to rescue the country and this cannot be successfully done by one political party but a joint effort of all”.
“It, therefore, becomes expedient to present a formidable united front to wrest power from the incumbent party, APC”.
“The choice of Atiku as the preferred candidate is germane because everybody will have a sense of belonging in the government of inclusiveness of the PDP under the watch of the former Vice President, Atiku who has promised to restructure the country on assumption of office”, Daniel concluded.
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