Three prominent politicians -Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) have reportedly started working on an alliance to wrest power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Recall the trio were presidential candidates in the 2023 general elections and lost to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the APC.
While Atiku and Peter Obi are still in court contesting Tinubu’s emergence as president, Kwankwaso met the president after his inauguration in Abuja.
During the meeting, it was said that the president who is propagating a government of national unity had promised him a ministerial position, however, his name was not among the 48 ministerial nominees who would be sworn in today in Abuja.
In a report by ThisDay, the conversations between the presidential bannermen of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), The New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) and the Labour Party (LP) have been ongoing in the background for a while.
Reports revealed that talks kicked off between Atiku and Kwankwaso and later transcended into a meeting between Obi and other stakeholders of the PDP.
As reported by Arise TV online, it was gathered that the preliminary stage of the meeting between the trio was hinged on three resolutions.
The report confirmed that the three had agreed to wait for the tribunal’s verdict, which would be a determinant to trigger the next phase of the conversation between the three leaders of the opposition party. This was hinged on the premise that a second phase would ensue if the tribunal’s verdict went south.
Meanwhile, sources privy to the meeting revealed that the opposition leaders were optimistic that the tribunal would be “just and fair” in its verdict to unseat President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Similarly, the source revealed that these leaders were hopeful that a rerun might ensue, which might likely trigger a merger to wrestle power from the APC and President Tinubu.
The source said: “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.”
The source further confirmed that should the tribunal’s judgement goes in favour of the ruling party, they would need the option to resort to a merger for the 2027 presidential polls.
“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, Labour and NNPP,” the source said.