- The Allied Peoples Movement has adopted Atiku Abubakar as its 2023 presidential candidate in the February 25 election
- The party's national chairman made the announcement at a press briefing on Thursday, February 15
- Yusuf Dantalle said the Peoples Democratic Party's umbrella is big enough to accommodate members of the APM, including their presidential candidate Chichi Ojei
Barely eight days before the 2023 presidential election, the Allied Peoples Movement collapsed its structure to support the candidacy of Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The Punch reports that APM's national chairman, Yusuf Dantalle, announced that the party will now support Atiku Abubakar and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of the PDP as president and vice president.
Speaking at a press conference organised in Abuja on Thursday night, February 16, Dantalle said the party's decision came after a meeting of APM's national executive committee on the forthcoming election, where they agreed to adopt the flagbearer of the PDP as its 2023 presidential candidate.
The party's decision comes barely 12 hours after Chichi Ojei, APM's standard-bearer and Nigeria's only female presidential candidate for the 2023 election, raised the alarm over plans by APM to truncate her ambition.
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APM's adoption of Atiku as its presidential candidate means that Ojei will no longer serve as the party's flagbearer.
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Defending APM's decision, Dantalle said the party is confident that Atiku stands a better chance of winning the February 25 election.
He also said that the former vice president has all it takes to serve as the resourceful president Nigeria deserves.
“The party will, however, contest other elective positions, including Senate, House of Representatives, Governorship and State House of Assembly seats.
“APM presented credible candidates for these positions and sure of victory in Governorship and Legislative seats.
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“National interest supersedes partisan politics. We must join hands to rebuild our beloved nation and make Nigeria great again.
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