Frontline political parties have distanced themselves from the decision by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) to adopt Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the coalition’s presidential candidate.
A top notch in one of the parties told Paparazzi that the party was not involved in the decision as the emergency meeting called by Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the chairman, Steering Committee of CUPP was very brief without any such agenda discussed.
The source disclosed that the meeting called by Chief Oyinlola, Wednesday, December 5, 2018 , had a 3-point agenda which were Opening prayer, Chairman’s opening remarks and Any Other Business (AOB). Paparazzi was informed that to the surprise of participants and other political parties, the Chairman attempted to announce a consensus candidate when a point of order raised had not been met.
Other stakeholders they were alarmed that neither the candidate of the other parties which constitute CUPP were not consulted before the coalition reached the decision.
“It is also absurd that the press were barred from the brief meeting before the announcement was made” one said.
Paparazzi gathered from reliable sources and some participants at the meeting and participants that Chief Oyinlola has been accused of ambushing participants, many of who are said to be miffed at what they describe as his underhandedness in managing the affairs of the CUPP.
Paparazzi further gathered that the steering committee of CUPP had neglected the terms of the MoU which stipulates a transparent process in all the affairs of the coalition.
Paparazzi investigations reveal that many of the parties which make of CUPP, withdrew immediately from the coalition.
Press men were not allowed to return again and the meeting ended with no agreement and very little possibility of further discussion.
According to our investigation, CUPP is being accused by many of it’s members as working for PDP.