Atiku’s en­dorse­ment: SDP NWC meets next week, GDPN kicks

The Punch - - POLITICS TODAY - Olalekan Ade­tayo, Abuja

MEM­BERS of the so­cial Demo­cratic Party’s Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee will meet next week to take a po­si­tion on the re­cent en­dorse­ment of Al­haji Atiku Abubakar as the con­sen­sus pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the Coali­tion of United Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties.

The Na­tional Pub­lic­ity sec­re­tary of the SDP, Mr Alfa Mo­hammed, said this in an in­ter­view with our cor­re­spon­dent.

The CUPP had on Wed­nes­day en­dorsed Atiku of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party as its con­sen­sus pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

The SDP al­ready has a former Cross River state Gov­er­nor, Don­ald Duke, as its pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

Mo­hammed, how­ever, told our cor­re­spon­dent that the party would make its po­si­tion on Atiku’s en­dorse­ment known after its NWC meet­ing.

“All I can say for now is that the NWC of our party will hold a cru­cial meet­ing next week.

“The is­sue of the en­dorse­ment will be dis­cussed at the meet­ing and a state­ment will be is­sued there­after,” he said.

Mean­while, the Grass­roots Devel­op­ment Party of Nige­ria has re­jected Atiku’s en­dorse­ment.

In a state­ment made avail­able to jour­nal­ists by its Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Dr David­son Akhimien, the party said it was against the CUPP’S de­ci­sion to en­dorse Atiku.

Akhimien said as of the time the meet­ing where Atiku was en­dorsed was on­go­ing in Abuja, he was in La­gos.

He said his party’s lead­ers were also not part of the res­o­lu­tion reached at the meet­ing, hence he would not aban­don his am­bi­tion.

The GDPN pres­i­den­tial can­di­date said his party was com­mit­ted to mak­ing Nige­ria a bet­ter place for all.

He said aban­don­ing his am­bi­tion would amount to a be­trayal of trust.

Akhimien said, “The time to move Nige­ria for­ward is now. Our party is on a res­cue mis­sion. We can’t mort­gage the fu­ture of our great na­tion.

“We do not agree with the CUPP on the en­dorse­ment of Al­haji Atiku Abubakar. We are on the ground in all the 36 states of the fed­er­a­tion and the FCT.”

But the pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the Mass Ac­tion Joint Al­liance, Fun­mi­layo Ade­sanya-davies, has con­grat­u­lated Atiku on his en­dorse­ment.

In a state­ment by the As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor-gen­eral, Me­dia of PMA Cam­paign Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Kana sani, the can­di­date com­mended the ef­fort of the CUPP that ended in the emer­gence of a con­sen­sus can­di­date.

“It is im­per­a­tive for all other CUPP pres­i­den­tial as­pi­rants to take se­ri­ously the Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing which was signed ear­lier and sup­port the sin­gle can­di­dacy of Al­haji Atiku Abubakar,“she said.

• L-R: Di­rec­tor, Cor­po­rate Ser­vices, Abuja Elec­tric­ity Distri­bu­tion Com­pany Plc, Mr Abim­bola Odu­biyi; Man­ager, Risk and Com­pli­ance AEDC, Mr Collins Chabuka; Deputy Chair­man, Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Pri­vati­sa­tion, Ab­dul­lahi Ya­haya; and a mem­ber of the com­mit­tee, Sen­a­tor Shaaba Lafi­agi, dur­ing the com­mit­tee’s over­sight visit to AEDC head of­fice in Abuja...on Thurs­day. Photo: Olatunji Obasa

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