Following the report circulating the media that over 40 political parties endorsed the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, three political parties have come out to debunk the news.
The three political parties Kowa, GDPN and Social Democratic Party (SDP) said to be part of the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, disassociated self from the endorsement.
“Kowa Party stands for transparency and accountability and we consider the CUPP process largely flawed and quite dubiously executed. We had nothing to do with it and are not aware”, the party said.
SDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Mohammed Alfa who also said the party was not part of the endorsement said the party already has a candidate, Mr Donald Duke whose name had been submitted to INEC for the 2019 election.
Alfa said that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party would meet next week to take a position on the issue.
Mr Ikenga Ugochinyere, a spokesman of the group who announced the endorsement, said Atiku is the coalition’s consensus candidate.
The SDP publicity secretary said it was not part of the endorsement.
“We want to enjoin the general public, SDP faithful, especially all our candidates to carry on with their campaigns effectively, irrespective of the development.
“We assure you that the SDP National Working Committee (NWC) will meet and issue an appropriate statement on the matter next week.
The SDP is one of the 39 opposition parties that formed CUPP in July 2018 with the aim of producing a presidential candidate that can defeat the ruling party All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2019 election with the aim of forming a government of national unity.
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