GDPN denies endorsing Atiku for presidency

GDPN denies endorsing Atiku for presidency

- Davidson Isibor Akhimien has denied supporting the endorsement of Atiku for presidency

- The presidential candidate of the GDPN said he was not at the meeting held by CUPP

- He said Nigeria cannot afford to go back to the past

The Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria (GDPN) has denied endorsing Atiku Abubakar for 2019 presidency hours after the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) claimed 45 political parties have.

The Sun reports that in a statement signed by the presidential candidate of GDPN, Davidson Isibor Akhimien, he said he and his party did not endorse Atiku.

He said he was shocked by CUPP’s pronouncement, saying he was in Lagos while the meeting to endorse Atiku was going on in Abuja.

Akhimien said his party was not part of the negotiation by CUPP and so would not abandon his mission to bring solution to the nation’s myriads of problem.

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According to the GDPN presidential candidate, "his party from outset was determined to pursue an agenda that would enthrone a new and better Nigeria where there will be equity and justice for all, adding that, jettisoning the vision, would amount to a betrayal of trust of his followership.

“For him and GDPN to abandon the mission of salvaging the country from the hands of old and recycled politicians responsible for the country’s total retrogression and stagnation will be a huge setback for the party.

He said Nigerians cannot be taken back to the dark ages, adding that the time to move Nigeria forward is now.

Akhimien said the GDPN is a a new party on a rescue mission and can’t mortgage the future of our Nigeria.

We defer to the CUPP endorsement of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. We are on ground in the whole 36 states of the federation, and the FCT,” he added.

He maintained that, the CUPP arrangement is a major setback to democracy, saying the party remains focused and is concentrating on its campaign across the nook and crannies of the country, stating that the news making the rounds would not in anyway deter it.

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CUPP, had few hours after a closed door deliberation at the Yar’ Adua Centre Abuja yesterday announced Atiku as the consensus candidate of the opposition in the 2019 election.

The convener of CUPP, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who made the disclosure while addressing a world press conference held at Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja, said the former vice president met the criteria used in the choice of a presidential candidate for the coalition.

Oyinlola said the CUPP; an umbrella body of 45 registered political parties in the alliance, arrived at the decision based on the candidate’s (Atiku) experience in administration, management of economy and politic.

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