The Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria, GDPN, has pulled out of the Coalition of United Political Parties, (CUPP), that picked the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar as its flag bearer on Wednesday.
This is coming few hours after the CUPP announced the endorsement of Atiku as its consensus candidate.
GDPN distanced itself from such an arrangement.
GDPN’s position was conveyed in a statement signed by the Presidential Candidate of GDPN, Dr. Davidson Isibor Akhimien.
It said the party was neither aware nor in support of the CUPP decision to endorse Atiku.
CUPP is the umbrella body of about 45 major opposition parties in the country.
“For GDPN to abandon the mission of salvaging the country from the hands of old and recycled politicians responsible for the country’s total retrogression and stagnation will be a huge setback for the party.
“We can’t take Nigerians back to the dark ages. I want to state that the time to move Nigerian forward is now. We are a new party on a rescue mission. We can’t mortgage the future of our great Nation.
“We defer to the CUPP endorsement of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. We are on ground in the whole 36 states of the federation, and the FCT,” he said.