Atiku Abubakar. Photo: AFP

Five candidates have been nominated by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has to be considered as joint candidates ahead of the 2019 presidential election.

The sacking the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019 was the main aim of forming CUPP with over 40 political parties agreeing to pick a single candidate to battle the President.

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A statement on Thursday by Olisa Ogbakoba, the Chairman, National Intervention Movement and member, CUPP Candidate Selection Committee, said, “Given that the main thrust of the Coalition is to win the 2019 Presidential Elections through a process of joint collaboration, CUPP has shortlisted 5 Presidential Candidates to be considered for selection as the Joint Candidate of the opposition parties in the 2019 Presidential Elections.

“The Presidential candidate of the PDP came out in front on the early ballot but followed by very 4 strong contenders.

“The criteria for shortlisting the 5 candidates was based on agreed terms by members of CUPP, included National Spread and Structure, experience, public office holders such as Governors, National Assembly, etc, financial capacity, organization strength of parties, capacity to man the 120,000 polling units across Nigeria, etc.

“Members of CUPP re-affirmed commitment to present a Joint Candidate for the 2019 Presidential Elections and work towards establishing a government of National Unity.”