The United Progressive Party, UPP has declared President Muhammadu Buhari as the party’s Presidential candidate in the 2019 election attributing the decision to his credibility and uprightness.
Backstory: The National Chairman of UPP, Chief Chekwas Okorie, said on Tuesday, that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party adopted the President as its candidate after extensive consultations with stakeholders.
He said, “After a painstaking evaluation of all the options and in consideration of the sincerity, uprightness and credibility of President Muhammadu Buhari which he has brought to bear in his approach to governance for the past three and half years, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Party acting on behalf of the National Executive Committee (NEC), after extensive consultations with all stakeholders in the Party wish to announce to the Nigerian Public that President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) has been endorsed and adopted as our Presidential Candidate for the 2019 Presidential Election.
“Our resolution to adopt President Muhammadu Buhari as our candidate has been made easy for us by the leading opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who elected former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as their Presidential Candidate for the 2019 Presidential election.”
The Chairman also said that its primary objective and target would be to deploy its Ward, local government areas, state, and national structures to aggressively campaign, in a very robust, vibrant and civilized manner to ensure that President Buhari emerges the winner in the 2019 Presidential election.
He added that the party will, over the course of the campaign, share “logical reasons why President Muhammadu Buhari shall be returned to complete his second term in office and why it will be a tragedy of a monumental proportion to return the years of profligacy, unbridled corruption, scandalous leakages, and highly compromised Judiciary, to power.”
Bottom Line: Okorie had hinted that the party would adopt Buhari as its candidate after a closed-door meeting with the President. He also told State House Correspondents that Igbo leaders never met formally to endorse former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, even though the Ndigibo endorsement of the PDP candidate had happened a day prior to his statement. This is expected to be the first of several similar endorsements for candidates of the major parties. Recall that a coalition of opposition political parties resolved a few months ago to field just one candidate for the presidential Elections so it is expected that more endorsements of candidates will soon take place.