Obi, Atiku, Kwankwaso reportedly in talks for merger to wrestle power from Tinubu
By Jennifer S. Kuwanta
Presidential candidates in the 2023 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Kwankwaso, and Peter Obi, have reportedly begun talks for a possibility of a merger, with the ultimate goal of setting up a formidable party that can more effectively wrestle power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Thisday reports that the meeting of these political leaders, which had been going on for a while, started with one between Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Kwankwaso, who was the presidential candidate of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) at the last presidential election. After the first leg of the meetings was adjudged successful, another one between Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) and other critical elements in PDP started to take shape, after the other two stakeholders agreed to bring him in.
The discussions, which were said to still be in the preliminary stages, had been hinged on two pillars. According to the report, the first is that the three leaders have decided to wait and watch the outcome of the election petitions in court, which would determine the second leg of the decision, should the court verdict go south.
According to the publication, political sources say the leaders were hopeful that the presidential election tribunal would be “just and fair” enough to establish that the election that brought President Bola Tinubu to office could not stand any decent electoral test and, as such, do the needful. The leaders are hopeful that the tribunal would call for re-election or rerun, which would see them come together in a merger for the election and challenge Tinubu and APC in the second opportunity.
The sources added that if the tribunal decide otherwise, the leaders would consider setting up a formidable party ahead of the 2027 general election, during which they planned to take over the reins of power from the ruling APC.
“The meeting started with Kwankwaso and Atiku and they have agreed to bring Peter Obi in to set up a formidable opposition after the court cases. Although they have not got to the point of discussing who will lead the opposition, they are leaving it out for now till after the court cases.
After the court cases, they will plan and come together for re-election or stand together ahead to fight the 2027 election battle. They are considering a formidable party comprising the PDP, LP and NNPP” a source was quoted as saying.