Ondo CUPP endorses Atiku

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  • directs members to vote PDP candidate Saturday

By Banji Ayoola

The Conference of Political Parties, CUPP, Ondo State chapter, on Sunday directed all its members statewide to vote for the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in the February 16 election.

It said: “the CUPP parties in Ondo State have all agreed to vote for Abubakar Atiku of the PDP for the presidential election.”

These were disclosed at a press conference on Sunday in Akure, the state capital, by the CUPP chairman in the state, Dr Bode Iwaloye.    .

He said: “There are areas, on which we have also agreed. There are some areas to be negotiated.

Iwaloye, who addressed the press, said:  “The first point of call in this agreement is that the CUPP parties in Ondo State have all agreed to vote for Abubakar Atiku of the PDP for the presidential election.

In that case, we are directing all our members of all these parties to cast their votes for Atiku Abubakar of the PDP in the presidential election. There would be other areas of cooperation.”  

His words: “Having said that, we know that the essence of CUPP is not just to cast votes, but also to build a better Nigeria. Part of the agreement of CUPP is that when our incoming President, the President we are waiting for, Abubakar Atiku, comes up after the election, which we hopefully believe would happen, that he is going to form a Government of National Unity.

By forming such a government, all the disruptions we are seeing, all the hullabaloos and all the problems associated with security in Nigeria would disappear.

The CUPP also believes in the presidency of Abubakar Atiku and that this presidency is capable of solving the biting economic problems that we have in Nigeria today.

We know because Nigerian is being run by a presidency that knows very little about the economy and economics. That is why our country is having all these problems. When Atiku eventually comes to power, we are going to see a better Nigeria.”

Following is Iwaloye’s full address: “We are here today to address the press on the decisions of CUPP Ondo State chapter. As you are all aware, the CUPP was formed with only one intention, to change Nigeria for the better. And the only way to do that is to ensure that the current rulers of Nigeria are unseated.

Many political parties came together to form this CUPP.  They are bout 39, and this keeps on increasing daily. All these parties came together and signed a memorandum.

And that memorandum is simply to work together in certain areas so that in the long run during the election, there would be cooperation and that cooperation would usher in a new presidency in Nigeria.

A lot of agreements were reached by the CUPP, but the one that concerns us in Ondo State is as follows. In Ondo State, we also agree to come together to interface in certain areas and to even cooperate in some areas during the elections.

There are areas we have also agreed. There are some areas to be negotiated. The first point of call in this agreement is that the CUPP parties in Ondo State have all agreed to vote for Abubakar Atiku of the PDP For the presidential election. In that case, we are directing all our members of all these parties to cast their votes for Atiku Abubakar of the PDP in the presidential election.

There would be other areas of cooperation; because part of the agreement is: where a CUPP member is not fielding a candidate, he is mandated to vote for the most popular candidate of the CUPP in the council. At local levels the CUPP has also directed that there should be cooperation.

The whole idea is that at the end of the day, we want CUPP to produce the majority of the winning candidates in all the senatorial districts. We know that the essence of CUPP is not just to cast votes, but also to build a better Nigeria.

Part of the agreement of CUPP is that when our incoming President, the President we are waiting for, Abubakar Atiku, comes up after the election which we hopefully believe would happen, that he is going to form a Government of National Unity.

By forming such a government, all the disruptions we are seeing, all the hullabaloos and all the problems associated with security in Nigeria would disappear.

The CUPP also believes in the presidency of Abubakar Atiku; and that this presidency is capable of solving the biting economic problems that we have in Nigeria today.

We know because Nigerian is being run by a presidency that knows very little about the economy and economics. That is why our country is having all these problems.

When Atiku eventually comes to power, we are going to see a better Nigeria.”

On why the body picked Atiku over President Buhari, Iwaloye said they chose competence over alleged incompetence.

He said:  “When somebody succeeds in an area, it is a belief that: give him another opportunity, he would do better. But when somebody has failed, the best thing would be that either that person is to be rusticated or demoted. We believe Buhari should be demoted, and Atiku should be elevated. That is the point.”

Iwaloye was asked:  “Why are you picking Alhaji Atiku Abubakar over President Muhammadu Buhari?”

His response: “It is a long story and yet a short story; a long story in the sense that we have taken time to study the presidency of Buhari.

We waited for almost four years to know the quality of Buhari. And I think every Nigerian is also aware of the incompetence of Buhari. And that is why we had to select competence over incompetence.

We have seen the precedents of Atiku even as Vice President. He was a Vice President that the President could just leave Nigeria for; and as a businessman because you know, Buhari is unable to rule this country sufficiently that he also failed in his own business.

But Atiku we know is a very successful man. And we hope that he would translate and transform this success into national success. When somebody succeeds in an area, it is a belief that: give him another opportunity, he would do better. But when somebody has failed, the best thing would be that either that person is to be rusticated or demoted. We believe Buhari should be demoted, and Atiku should be elevated. That is the point.

After the conference, The Radiance asked Iwaloye further questions. The questions and his response are as follows: “With your endorsement of Atiku for the presidency, could you paint the picture of a new Nigeria that you wish to see emerge under a possible Atiku presidency?”

“Under Atiku presidency, we have a picture of Nigeria that is free from fear. We have the picture of a country, a prosperous one that gives hope, where everyone is given hope; unlike a country where everybody is hopeless.

We have the picture of a country where we can begin to compare the rate of our development with the Western world.

We have a country that plans into the future and plans development into the future.

We have a country that every Nigerian home and abroad would be proud of; unlike now when everybody wants to run away from Nigeria. That is the type of country that we expect under Atiku Abubakar.

Could you expatiate more on the problems of the country which you want Atiku to redress, if elected?

 There is lot of problems confronting the country fundamentally. First is the economic problem. Nigeria is now being labeled as the poverty centre of the world. That is the first thing Atiku would address, to turn the poverty centre of the world to the development centre of the world.

The second is that of insecurity. Before now, we only heard a little about Boko Haram. But today there is crisis of insecurity everywhere. If it is not Boko Haram, it would be the Fulani jihadists. If it is not the Fulani jihadists, it would be kidnappers; if it is not kidnappers, it would be something else.

All sorts of evil things are really happening in Nigeria; and we believe that under Atiku Abubakar, all these problems would be settled.

But definitely, we know, because of the crucial time we are now in Creation. Most of these things are bound to happen. But we believe that with the intervention of Atiku, spiritually, Nigeria would begin to see a change.

Do you have any further comments?

My further comment is that Nigerians should see Atiku as somebody being sent at this crucial point in time to save Nigeria.”

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