SDP denies endorsing Atiku ahead of 2019

SDP denies endorsing Atiku ahead of 2019

- Mohammed Alfa, the SDP national publicity secretary, says Donald Duke’s name has been submitted to INEC as the party’s presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential election

- Alfa says the SDP national working committee will soon meet to issue an appropriate statement on the alleged report that said it was part of the coalition that endorsed Atiku Abubakar for president

- 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 APC in the 2019 election

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has distanced itself from the endorsement of former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, by Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) as consensus candidate for 2019 presidential election.

The SDP national publicity secretary, Mohammed Alfa, who disclosed this on Thursday, December 6, in Abuja, said the party already has a candidate, 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 soon meet to take a position on the issue.

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The SDP publicity secretary said that the attention of the party had been drawn to the statement issued on 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 appropriate statement on the matter next week."

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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.

Legit.ng had reported that the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) adopted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as its consensus candidate for the 2019 presidential election.

CUPP, the umbrella body of more than 45 major opposition parties, disclosed this in a statement issued by its national spokesperson, Ikenga Ugochinyere, on Wednesday, December 5, in Abuja.

Ugochinyere said that the decision was arrived at few hours after a closed door deliberation by members of the CUPP at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.

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