APM dumps female presidential candidate, backs Atiku
A week before the presidential election, the Allied Peoples Movement collapsed all of its structures in support of the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, on Friday.
Yusuf Dantalle, the national chairman of APM, disclosed this at a press conference held Thursday evening in Abuja.
According to him, the decision was made after a meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee to discuss crucial national issues, including the upcoming presidential election.
The adoption of Atiku would prevent the APM from supporting its presidential candidate, Princess Chichi Ojei.
Ojei, a prominent politician from Delta state, is the sole female presidential candidate in the February 25 election.
Dantalle stated that the decision was made after the party evaluated the democratic credentials of Atiku and his running mate, Okowa, and determined that it was in the national interest to nominate them for president and vice president in the upcoming election.
While describing the former vice president as the best and only presidential candidate capable of rescuing Nigeria, he stated that the country required a competent, experienced, visionary, resourceful, and dynamic leader to resolve its numerous challenges and chart a new course for the country over the next four years.
Dantalle stated, “The APM has faith in the leadership of Atiku-Okowa and will dismantle its national structures to campaign for their presidential ticket.
“However, the party will also run candidates for Senate, House of Representatives, Governor, and State House of Assembly seats.”
“APM provided credible candidates for these positions who were assured of victory for the governorship and legislative seats.
“National interest takes precedence over partisan politics. We must work together to rebuild our beloved country and restore Nigeria’s greatness.
“The party urged Nigerians to vote en masse for Atiku and Okowa, the PDP’s presidential candidate and running mate.
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