In anticipation of potential shifts in the political landscape, Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Kwankwaso, and Peter Obi are reportedly in discussions regarding the prospect of forming a united political front. The trio aims to establish a robust political party that could effectively challenge the dominance of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), according to insider sources.
The series of meetings involving these prominent political figures commenced with a rendezvous between Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Kwankwaso, who represented the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in the previous presidential election. This initial round of talks is said to have yielded positive outcomes, prompting the inclusion of Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) and a key figure in the OBIdient Movement, in further discussions.
Although these discussions remain in their early stages, sources indicate that they revolve around two key considerations. Firstly, the leaders have decided to await the outcomes of ongoing election petition cases in court, which would shape the next course of action if the court rulings are unfavorable. Inside sources suggest that the leaders are hopeful the presidential election tribunal will declare the previous election that brought President Bola Tinubu to power as fundamentally flawed and thus warranting a re-election or rerun.
In the event that the tribunal’s decision goes contrary to expectations, the leaders are said to be contemplating the formation of a potent political party in preparation for the 2027 general election. The intention is to mount a formidable opposition against the ruling APC and vie for power.
A source familiar with the discussions shared, “The initial dialogue between Kwankwaso and Atiku paved the way for Peter Obi’s involvement in establishing a strong opposition entity after the court proceedings. While the leadership of this opposition entity has not been finalized, that discussion has been deferred until after the legal proceedings.”
“In the aftermath of the legal proceedings, the three leaders are strategizing either for a potential re-election or to collectively contest the 2027 elections. Their vision involves the formation of a substantial party uniting the PDP, Labour, and NNPP,” the source further added.
As the political landscape continues to evolve, the outcome of these discussions could potentially reshape Nigeria’s political arena, offering an alternative force to challenge the status quo.