2027 Presidency: Atiku's Aide Explains Why Peter Obi Visited Former VP in Abuja

2027 Presidency: Atiku's Aide Explains Why Peter Obi Visited Former VP in Abuja

  • Months after the 2023 presidential election, Peter Obi stormed the residence of the PDP flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar, in Abuja for a surprise visit
  • The LP flagbearer met with other PDP chieftains on Monday, and their photographs have continued to generate a buzz
  • Paul Ibe, Atiku's spokesperson, reacted to the development, hinting at a possible alliance against Tinubu in 2027

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

In a significant development, Peter Obi, the flagbearer of the Labour Party in the 2023 presidential election, held a closed-door meeting with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and some other prominent chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja on Monday, May 13,.

Atiku hosts Peter Obi, aide speaks
Paul Ibe speaks on Atiku's meeting with Peter Obi. Photo credit: Atiku Abubakar
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Obi also met separately with Sule Lamido, a former governor of Jigawa state, and Bukola Saraki, a former Senate President.

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However, Monday's meeting has sparked speculation about a potential coalition ahead of the 2027 general elections and the possibility of the PDP working with other prominent parties in Nigeria to take over power from the ruling APC and hinder President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's re-election.

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Will Obi merge with Atiku?

In a swift reaction, Atiku’s media adviser, Paul Ibe, told The Punch that the two politicians' coming together was possible.

He also noted that a possible coalition ahead of the 2027 presidential election is not far-fetched.

The aide also confirmed that Obi’s meeting with Atiku lasted approximately 20 minutes.

He stated:

“Yes, Peter Obi visited Atiku Abubakar. They met for about 20 minutes behind closed doors. So, they have indeed been in discussions and it is just a matter of those discussions bearing fruit.

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“Regarding the coalition talks, perhaps it is already underway. The possibility does exist.”

How Peter Obi left PDP

Meanwhile, Paul Ibe also disclosed that Atiku was not responsible for Peter Obi's departure from the PDP but that Nyesom Wike, the minister of the FCT, should be blamed.

Recall that Obi was Atiku's vice presidential candidate in the 2019 election before the former left the PDP ahead of the 2023 election.

According to Ibe, Atiku supported the zoning formula but insisted that the ticket be zoned to the southeast, Vanguard reported.

He added that Nyesom Wike, the minister of the Federal Capital Territory, was instrumental in Peter Obi's exit from the PDP.

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The opposition parties faulted the report's conclusion, citing the widespread irregularities during the election.

The PDP and the Labour Party added that they will resist the ruling APC's move to turn Nigeria into a one-party system.

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