Kwankwaso visits Tinubu again in Abuja amidst rumors of forming a merger. The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) presidential candidate for the 2023 general election has paid another visit to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Abuja.
The two met in Abuja’s presidential mansion today, Thursday, August 24, 2023.
According to images posted on Facebook by Kwankwaso’s media assistant, Saifullahi Hassan, both leaders met on subjects of national concern.
The meeting occurred as allegations surfaced that the three of Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Kwankwaso, and Peter Obi had begun to explore the idea of a merger, with the ultimate objective of forming a formidable party capable of effectively challenging the incumbent All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to reports, the meeting of these three political figures began with one between Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Kwankwaso.
Following the success of the first leg of the meetings, another one between Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) and face of the OBIdient Movement, and other crucial components in the PDP began to take form, after the other two stakeholders decided to invite him in.
The conversations, which were claimed to be in their early stages, were based on two pillars.
According to sources, the three leaders have chosen to wait and see what happens with the election petitions in court, which would define the second leg of the decision if the court judgment is negative.
Sources familiar with some of the discussions, for example, indicated that 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 withstand any reasonable electoral scrutiny and, as such, do the necessary.
The leaders were reported to be hoping that the tribunal would order a re-election or rerun, which would allow them to form a coalition for the election and confront Tinubu and the APC again.
If the tribunal rules against them, the leaders are thought to be considering forming a new party before the 2027 general election, in which they want to depose the incumbent APC.
Meanwhile, Peter Obi has informed Labour Party supporters that half of the recent rumors concerning him are baseless, referring to them as hearsay.
Obi stated this on Monday while addressing at the party’s rally in Edo State ahead of the state’s local government elections.
Assuring party stalwarts and supporters of his dedication to the party’s continued expansion, he stated that the party will grow stronger and better in the face of naysayers.
He also stated that if given the opportunity to lead the country, he and the party leadership are determined to construct a better and stronger Nigeria.
“The Labour Party will continue to grow,” he stated. We’ll keep getting stronger (and better). Half of what you’re hearing around you is hearsay; don’t believe it. We are dedicated to constructing a better and new Nigeria in which we will transition from consumption to production.”
In addition, Obi advised anyone running for local government in the state to keep all campaign promises if they were elected.
“Those of you who are running, go tell the people what you will do, and whatever you say, if you succeed, do it,” he urged. There will be no more promising and failing. This country’s time for false promises is past; we don’t want anyone promising us false things today. Whatever you pledge, you must keep.”