2023 Presidency: Obi, Kwankwaso Won’t Step Down for Atiku, Labour Party, NNPP Insist, Give Strong Reasons
- The race for who succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari is getting tougher with a few weeks left before the presidential election
- Following recent happenings in the polity, the leadership of the Labour Party and the NNPP have revealed their stand regarding who might drop their ambition for presidency
- While reacting to APC's statement about trusting Atiku Abubakar, the PDP flagbearer, the camps of Rabiu Kwankwaso and Peter Obi have maintained that both flagbearers won't step down for Atiku
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The leadership of the Labour Party (LP) and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) on Wednesday, February 1st, said their presidential candidates would not step down for their counterpart in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
The two opposition parties made the assertion while reacting to the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council's advice to the LP standard-bearer, Peter Obi, and his NNPP counterpart, Rabiu Kwankwaso, to not trust Atiku.
Tinubu's camp reacts as Atiku says he is in talks with NNPP, LP
The PCC's cautionary message was a sequel to claims by the PDP's presidential candidate that he was in talks with Obi and Kwankwaso ahead of the February 25 poll.
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Atiku should step down for Obi, LP says
The director-general of the LP Presidential Campaign Council, Akin Oshuntokun, in an interview with The Punch in Abuja on Wednesday, February 1, said Obi had no intention of striking a deal with Atiku except the latter agreed to step down for the former Anambra State governor.
Kwankwaso's camp reacts
Similarly, the National Publicity Secretary of the NNPP, Major Agbor, urged Atiku to join the Kwankwaso train, saying,
“He is not on the ground. He is the one to step down for our candidate, not the other way around.”
Obi-Datti Campaign Organisation says Peter Obi not in talks with Atiku
In a related development, the Obi-Datti Campaign Organisation said the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, is not in talks with Atiku over a possible alliance ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The campaign organisation's spokesman, Yunusa Tanko, said this on Wednesday, February 1.
According to Tanko, those speaking of an alliance are trying to exploit Obi’s popularity.
Dele Momodu predicts Atiku's victory, dismisses Tinubu, Obi
Meanwhile, Dele Momodu, a veteran journalist and former PDP presidential aspirant has said that Atiku will emerge as the next president of Nigeria.
Momodu said the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, does not have the national appeal to woo majority of Nigerian voters in the forthcoming election.
The media entrepreneur also dismissed Obi's ambition, saying he does not have the required numbers to win a national election.