Nigerians would easily figure out the reasons why the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) adopted former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, as its consensus presidential candidate.

But the coalition which consists of over 40 political parties, have nevertheless gone ahead to explain their decision, saying the PDP man met all their criteria.

In a statement sent to Bounce News on Wednesday, the Coalition listed the factors to include national acceptability, financial capacity, spread of political party, leadership capacity, international acceptability, experience, capacity to rebuild the economy, securing the country, uniting all Nigerians among others.

National Publicity Secretary of CUPP, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, pointed out that: "The coalition parties will be formally meeting with Atiku before Friday for formal commencement of the coalition campaign". In July this year, over 40 political parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to field a single presidential in 2019.

Among the political parties that signed the agreement are the Action Alliance, Alliance for Democracy, Africa Democratic Party, Action Democratic Party, All Grand Alliance Party, Action Peoples Party, Advanced Congress of Democrats, Better Nigeria Progressive Party, Democratic Alternative, Democratic Peoples Party, Grand Democratic Party of Nigeria, Green Party of Nigeria, KOWA Party, Labour Party,  Mass Action Joint Alliance, and Masses Movement of Nigeria.

Others are the National Conscience Party, New Generation Party, National Unity Party, Peoples Alliance for National Development and Liberty, Peoples Progressive Party, People for Democratic Change, Peoples Democratic Party, Providence People’s Congress, Restoration Party of Nigeria, Unity Party of Nigeria, All Grassroots Alliance, National Interest Party,  Nigeria Democratic Congress Party,  Progressive Peoples Alliance , and Young Democratic Party, among others.

Atiku was adopted at a closed-door session of the Coalition at Yar'Adua Centre in Abuja on Wednesday.

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