It is official: Peter Obi and Rabiu Kwankwaso are exploring a potential coalition which will make their two parties – Labour Party and New Nigeria People Party (NNPP) – come together. Apart from Buhari and maybe two other people in the North, Kwankwaso has unrivaled electoral value. When he moves, political battalion follows: “It is true we are in talks with Peter Obi and a committee is working to look into how to form a merger between us. Friends and family are being up and doing talking about the merger arrangement,” Mr Kwankwaso.
If this happens, this will become an offensive playbook, not just defensive. The implication will be that NorthWest opens up for the duo. They already have the largest geopolitical zone in Nigeria – the YOUTH.
A real merger is not possible due to timing; it is too late to dissolve or form a new party now for the 2023 elections. But they can have a coalition where the two parties decide on who to vote for in each contest.
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If INEC keeps this game free and fair, Nigeria can have a great 2023. APC is strategizing. PDP is doing the same thing. NNPP/LP combo are possibly coming together. May the best vision win for Nigeria!
(Meanwhile, Obi and Tinubu have selected, respectively, Doyin Okupe and Kabiru Masari as vice presidential placeholders. PDP, we believe, has actually made the final decision on Delta State’s governor, Okowa)
The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, on Saturday, said his party is discussing with the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, on the possibility of forming a coalition for next year’s general election.
“It is true we are in talks with Peter Obi and a committee is working to look into how to form a merger between us.
“Friends and family are being up and doing talking about the merger arrangement,” Mr Kwankwaso added.
The merger is important because as you can see both the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) did not pick their running mates from the South-east, Mr Kwankwaso said.
Mr Kwankwaso’s NNPP has a large following in the north of the country, particularly the north-west while Mr Obi recently defected from the PDP and joined the Labour Party. He has endeared himself to large youth following in the south of the country.
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