Atiku Abubakar. Photo: AFP

The Presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has emerged as the consensus candidate of the Coalition of United Political parties (CUPP).

The CUPP, which is an umbrella body of over 45 major opposition parties, opted for Atiku during a closed-door meeting at Yaradua Centre Abuja.

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It said that the criteria considered before choosing Atiku included national acceptability, financial capacity, the spread of his political party, leadership capacity, international acceptability, experience, capacity to rebuild the economy, secure the country and unite all Nigerians among other factors.

In a statement by the spokesperson for CUPP, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, the coalition said it would be formally meeting with Atiku before Friday for formal commencement of the coalition campaign.