In the midst of swirling speculations, Peter Obi, the presidential candidate representing the Labour Party in the 2023 elections, addressed the reports suggesting that he was engaged in discussions with political heavyweights Atiku Abubakar and Rabiu Kwankwaso for a potential coalition aimed at challenging the dominance of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Speaking at an energetic rally in Edo State, ahead of the upcoming local government elections, Obi reaffirmed his loyalty to his party’s cause.
Dispelling the rumors, Obi declared, “The Labour Party will continue to flourish. We will emerge stronger and more resilient. It’s essential to remember that a substantial portion of the information circulating as rumors should not be given credence. Our unwavering dedication lies in the creation of a revitalized Nigeria, transitioning from a consumption-oriented economy to a productive one.” The crowd responded with enthusiastic cheers, echoing his sentiment.
The recent development follows the presidential election of February 25, where Peter Obi secured the third position, trailing behind President Bola Tinubu of the APC and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ultimately placed Kwankwaso, representing the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), in the fourth position.
Notably, both Atiku and Obi are contesting the results as declared by INEC through legal proceedings. The tribunal is currently deliberating on the cases, with the involved parties having presented their arguments and final written statements.
On Monday, a report emerged detailing a potential meeting between Atiku, Obi, and Kwankwaso. The discussions were allegedly centered around forming a strategic coalition to challenge the APC’s stronghold in the 2027 elections, contingent upon a favorable judgement for the ruling party. Sources suggest that the trio opted to await the outcome of the ongoing election petition hearings before deciding their course of action.
In the midst of the political speculation, Peter Obi directed his message toward Labour Party candidates participating in the upcoming Edo local government elections. He emphasized the importance of delivering on campaign promises, urging them to uphold their commitments to the electorate. Addressing the candidates, he stated, “As you embark on your campaigns, ensure that you articulate your plans clearly to the people. Remember, promises made must be fulfilled. Our nation can no longer tolerate unfulfilled pledges. It’s time for authentic actions and genuine change.”