In a notable development on the political landscape, key figures from the opposition ranks, namely Peter Obi from the Labour Party (LP), Atiku Abubakar representing the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), are reportedly engaged in discussions to form an alliance aimed at unseating the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Sources have revealed that these three leaders are exploring the potential of a collaborative front, designed to establish a robust counterforce against the APC.
Presently, the framework of their partnership is in its preliminary stages and is being mapped out in a phased manner. The extent of their collaboration hinges on the outcome of the 2023 presidential election tribunal, which is reviewing the legitimacy of President Bola Tinubu’s victory.
Initial conversations began between Atiku and Kwankwaso, serving as the catalyst for subsequent dialogues. Following a successful initial exchange, discussions broadened to include Peter Obi and other key figures within the PDP.
Insiders suggest that these deliberations revolve around two primary focal points. Firstly, the trio is awaiting the tribunal’s ruling on the election petitions. This decision will significantly impact their subsequent actions, especially if the judgment doesn’t align with their expectations.
If the tribunal calls for a re-election or rerun, the leaders are contemplating a merger to pool their resources and challenge both Tinubu and the APC in this second opportunity.
Conversely, should the tribunal’s verdict differ, the opposition figures are contemplating the establishment of a robust political entity ahead of the 2027 general elections. This envisaged entity would not only unite Obi, Atiku, and Kwankwaso but also bring together their respective political parties and supporters, with the ultimate goal of wresting power from the incumbent APC.
A source close to the situation commented, “The initial discussions occurred between Kwankwaso and Atiku, and they have made the decision to include Peter Obi in this endeavor after the resolution of the court cases. Although the matter of leadership within this opposition coalition hasn’t been discussed extensively at this point, it is a topic they will revisit post the court proceedings.”
“After the court’s verdict, their plan is to either join forces for a re-election bid or stand united to contest the 2027 elections. Their consideration involves forming a potent political party that encompasses the PDP, Labour Party, and NNPP.”