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Politics of Saturday, 28 January 2023


Big win for PDP as top political parties adopt Atiku, Okowa ahead of 2023 election

Atiku Abubakar, 2023 Presidential candidate ad Ifeanyi Okowa Atiku Abubakar, 2023 Presidential candidate ad Ifeanyi Okowa

On Thursday, January 26, the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) adopted Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as its 2023 presidential candidate.

Vanguard reports that CUPP's spokesperson, Henry Eze, while speaking in Asaba, Delta state's capital city, said the coalition of 11 states of the South-south and Southeast are in line with the decision.

According to its zonal chairman, Ken Ikeh, the coalition said the decision to adopt the Atiku-Okowa ticket is in tandem with the vision of CUPP's founding fathers.

Eze said;

“Atiku is an advocate of restructuring and has promised to champion devolution of power to federating states.

“Atiku, having been the Vice President of Nigeria is the most experienced of all the presidential candidates and besides, his joint ticket with Okowa satisfies the criteria of a Muslim-Christian ticket.

“Atiku’s choice of Okowa as running mate is an indication that the PDP presidential candidate cares for the Igbo people."

The Punch reports that the coalition stated that Atiku's stance on restructuring and education, as well as his experience and maturity in politics, are key to driving Nigeria to an expected end.

Eze declared; “We urge all political stakeholders, opinion leaders and elders of the geopolitical zone and all Nigerians of good conscience to support Atiku."