Labour Party has expressed support for Atiku Abubakar’s proposal for a merger of opposition parties to challenge the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 elections. The party views Atiku’s suggestion as a positive step toward safeguarding democracy in Nigeria.
On the other hand, the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has indicated conditional acceptance of the merger proposal. NNPP insists that for their support, Atiku must endorse the candidacy of Rabiu Kwankwaso, a former governor of Kano State, in the 2027 elections to counter the APC.
Atiku’s call for opposition unity was made during a meeting with the National Executive Committee of the Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria. He cautioned against the potential establishment of a one-party state, emphasizing the need for collaborative efforts to uphold democracy.
In response to Atiku’s proposition, the acting National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party, Obiora Ifoh, praised the idea as a positive move towards restoring genuine democracy in Nigeria. He emphasized the importance of considering any proposal that aims to remove the ruling party from power.
However, the NNPP expressed reservations, describing Atiku’s call as reactionary. The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Yakubu Shendam, stated that any merger consideration should revolve around supporting Kwankwaso’s presidential bid in 2027. Shendam urged Atiku to align with Kwankwaso if he wishes to remain relevant in the political landscape.
In response to the developments, the ruling APC downplayed Atiku’s call, asserting that they are not threatened. The APC Publicity Director, Bala Ibrahim, dismissed Atiku’s influence, citing legal defeats and public opinion as evidence of his diminishing significance. The APC maintains confidence in its position as the dominant political force in Nigeria.
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