Ahead of the general elections holding on Saturday, presidential candidates of the Peoples Coalition Party (PCP) and the All Grass Alliance (AGA) Nicolas Felix and Chuks Nwachukwu have dropped their respective ambition in support of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. In a ceremony in Abuja on Tuesday afternoon, the two parties called on their supporters to rally behind Atiku, saying his capacity to provide a new direction for the country informed their decision to subjugate their ambition, in the interest of the nation.
This comes after a faction of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) loyal to Professor Jerry Gana, one of those who battled for its presidential flag, endorsed the candidature of Atiku Abubakar. That faction’s endorsement of Atiku was in contrast with the endorsement of another faction of the party which endorsed All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate and incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari days earlier, despite protests against such endorsement by the party’s initial presidential candidate, Donald Duke.
Meanwhile, it is understood that the party’s faction loyal to Gana also announced the suspension of its acting national chairman, Professor Tunde Adeniran and Alhaji Shehu Gabam, the national secretary and vice presidential candidate respectively. The party’s faction also approved Supo Sonibare, who was the former national vice chairman (south west) as the acting national chairman.
The communiqué released after the meeting reads in parts, “This directive is premised on the Alhaji Atiku Abubakar acceptance of the template for fiscal and political restructuring to devolve to the states all functions of government that are not the exclusive prerogative of obligations under international treaties or common services of states, and on assurance that Atiku will be able to effectively address the economic security and political challenges facing the polity.”
The National Executive Council (NEC) of the party, however, explained that the adoption did not portend merger with the APC. This is even as the NEC suspended its national publicity secretary, Alfa Muhammad, for indulging in anti-party activities. Recall that INEC released a final presidential, senatorial and House of Representatives lists of candidates with the names of Donald Duke and Professor Jerry Gana, both contending presidential candidates of the Social Democratic Party, missing. The column of SDP was left blank, with remarks ‘court order’’ and ‘party yet to submit name of candidate’.
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