The presidential candidate of the National Interest Party (NIP), Eunice Atuejide, has dropped out of the 2019 presidential race to support the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
Atuejide had followed in the steps of Oby Ezekwesili to step down fr the presidential race, except hers is not for the same reasons as Ezekwesili’s.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, 19th February, 2019, the 39-year-old lawyer said she’s learned enough to realise that the 2019 presidential election is between Atiku and President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
She said her decision to drop out and support one of the bigger candidates is a manifestation of her commitment “to always put Nigeria first”, noting that President Buhari’s ‘incompetence’ cannot be allowed to continue.
To my mind, the political party platform is not the real issue nonetheless, it’s either Alhaji Atiku Abubakar under the PDP or President Buhari under the APC this time. I make bold to state unequivocally that I stand with Atiku under the PDP this time,” she said.
Atuejide’s Reason For Endorsing Atiku
While listing her reasons for backing Atiku, Atuejide said the former vice president is not self-interest driven and will put Nigeria first, and can be trusted to deliver on all his realistic campaign promises.
Even though she admitted that Atiku is not perfect, she said he has done more than Buhari has to convince Nigerians that he won’t waste the opportunity of being the nation’s president.
She also praised Atiku’s choice of Peter Obi as his running mate, describing the former Anambra State governor as ‘amazing’.
Pulse News reports that Atuejide’s NIP was one of the dozens of parties that formed the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) in 2018 with the goal of presenting a consensus candidate to contest against Buhari and create a unity government. The coalition later adopted Atiku as its candidate after he won the PDP’s presidential ticket.