Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has been disapproved as the unifying figure for opposition parties in Nigeria leading up to the 2027 general elections.
In a statement made available to journalists on Saturday evening, the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), described the 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a ‘selfish’ politician who only cares for himself and his ambition.
CUPP issued the statement in reaction to publications suggesting and promoting the idea of Atiku, as put forth by one of his aides, to lead the opposition political parties in Nigeria during the upcoming election cycle.
“We in CUPP hereby wish to disassociate ourselves from that proposition because of the reasons mentioned hereunder.
CUPP had worked with Atiku in the past only to realise later that we worked for a candidate who cared for himself, his ambition, and his own ambition only without giving a hoot for other coalition partners.
“It is also in the public sphere that former Vice President Atiku has severally professed his aversion for multi-party democracy. He is a fan of either one or two-party systems only,” the Independent quoted the statement by the National Secretary of CUPP, High Chief Peter Ameh, to have read.
Ameh recollected that during the lead-up to the 2019 general elections, no fewer than 35 political parties joined forces to form a coalition, resulting in the establishment of CUPP as it stands today, with the PDP and former Vice President Atiku as its agreed-upon presidential candidate.
He observed that CUPP exerted immense efforts to secure the presidency for the former Vice President, but unfortunately, they were unsuccessful in the electoral outcome.