- Peter Obi's Labour Party and Rabiu Kwankwaso's New Nigeria Peoples Party may not merge afterall
- Both parties are insisting that their respective candidates are best suited for the presidential ticket in the 2023 general elections
- With the lull in the proposed merger talks, it is expected that the parties will slug it out with others during the polls
FCT, Abuja - The Labour Party (LP) has reacted to remarks by the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) that it will only agree to an alliance with Mr. Peter Obi, LP presidential candidate if he will accept to be the running mate of NNPP's presidential candidate, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.
National Chairman of the LP, Julius Abure told the Daily Independent newspaper in an interview:
“Our candidate, Peter Obi, will not be a vice presidential candidate to any person. He has said that in his interviews and he has told us that. And I am here to state categorically that it is not part of our option.
“By all standards, in terms of fairness, equity, and justice, the President of Nigeria this time should go to the south, and not just to the south, to the southeast.”
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Abure further stated that the LP candidate stands out among presidential flag bearers, adding that the party hopes to pick a northern running mate from any of the other parties it is in talks with.
On the number of parties jostling for an alliance with LP, Abure said:
“It is an area that I will not like to disclose to the media. It is premature to talk about it. But in a couple of days, you’ll get to know the outcome of these discussions.”
Abure also expressed confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct credible elections in 2023.
Group tells Anambra govt to disclose details of savings during Peter Obi’s tenure
Meanwhile, the Peter Obi Support Network (POSN) has asked the Anambra government to disclose the details of savings made by the former governor when he was in charge of the state.
In a statement on Wednesday, June 23 and seen by Legit.ng, Adegbite Adekunle, POSN’s deputy director of communications, said the Anambra government should disclose the details of the financial status of the state during Obi’s tenure.
Peter Obi must agree to be Kwankwaso’s deputy, says NNPP spokesman
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Major Agni, NNPP spokesman on Tuesday, June 21 said that the only condition for a coalition with the LP is for Obi to agree to be running mate to Kwankwaso.
The NNPP spokesman stated that of the 18 presidential candidates at the conclusion of the nomination exercise, Kwankwaso stands out and remains the preferred politician of Nigerians.
He insisted that the party has continued to receive calls that Kwankwaso must not step down for anyone.
2023: Obaseki says Peter Obi is a force to reckon with
On his part, Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, has declared that Nigerians are no longer interested in the APC and the PDP.
According to the governor, Nigerians are now in search of an alternative political party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Obaseki also acknowledged the rising political profile of Obi, saying his supporters are in every Nigerian home.