In anticipation of potential shifts during the ongoing country’s transition phase, Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Kwankwaso, and Peter Obi have initiated talks regarding the potential of a merger. Their ultimate aim is to establish a robust political party capable of effectively challenging the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), sources have informed THISDAY.
This series of discussions among the trio of political leaders, which has been unfolding over a period, was initially kicked off by a meeting between Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Kwankwaso, who represented the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in the last presidential election. Following a productive first round of talks, a subsequent phase was set in motion involving Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) and the driving force behind the OBIdient Movement. This development followed the agreement of the other two stakeholders to include him in their discussions.
These deliberations, currently in their preliminary stages, are grounded in two key foundations. The first of these, as insiders have revealed, hinges upon a strategy of monitoring the outcomes of election-related petitions in the court. This judicial verdict will shape the next phase of decisions should the court’s ruling take an unfavorable course.
Insiders familiar with these discussions have hinted that the leaders hold optimism that the presidential election tribunal will deliver an “impartial and just” verdict, potentially establishing the illegitimacy of the election that brought President Bola Tinubu to power. In this context, it is speculated that the tribunal could necessitate a fresh election or a rerun, prompting the trio to unite in a merger for the electoral contest aimed at challenging Tinubu and the APC in a subsequent opportunity.
However, if the tribunal’s decision takes a different turn, the leaders are contemplating the creation of a potent political party ahead of the 2027 general elections. Their intention is to seize control from the ruling APC during this upcoming electoral cycle.
According to a reliable source, “The initial discussion involved Kwankwaso and Atiku, with the inclusion of Peter Obi planned for post-court proceedings. While the leadership of the opposition remains an unresolved issue for now, it will be tackled once the court proceedings conclude. Subsequent plans will then be devised, including the possibility of a new election or a united front for the 2027 election battle. The formation under consideration is a formidable coalition comprising the PDP, Labour Party, and NNPP.”