The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) a coalition of 45 political parties has suffered a major casualty as the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has pulled out of the alliance.

To this end the party, which has former Cross River State governor,  Donald Duke, as its presidential candidate in the forthcoming general elections, will begin its campaign on December 19.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alpha Mohammed, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja announced the decision to stand alone.

He, however, did not give reason why the party pulled out.

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In the statement, the party’s scribe promised releasing a detailed statement on the issue later in the day.

The one-paragraph statement read: ”SDP pulls out of CUPP, kick-starts campaign on 19th December…: Details later”

Recall that shortly after the coalition issued a statement, announcing the adoption of Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as its consensus candidate for the 2019 poll last week, SDP came out to distance itself from the union, claiming it had never taken any step to that effect.

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