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2027: Obi speaks on Possible LP-PDP Merger

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Peter Obi, the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate in the 2023 elections, has addressed the potential merger between the Labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Obi stated that he would only support a merger aimed at improving Nigeria, rather than one focused merely on winning elections or gaining political power.

In an interview with NoireTV-GlobalBlackTV, Obi emphasized his disinterest in any merger driven by the desire for state capture. He praised Atiku Abubakar, the PDP’s candidate in the last election, for expressing his willingness to support Obi if the presidency in 2027 were zoned to the southeast.

Regarding the merger, Obi said, “If any merger or collaboration aims to create a better Nigeria and ensure proper governance, I support it. However, I will not be part of a merger just for elections or political gain. My priority is to see Nigeria thrive, particularly for the benefit of the poor.”

He added, “Nigeria has tremendous potential. If a merger can help unlock this potential and improve the country, I am in favor. This could happen at the party or individual level, but our goal must be to build a better Nigeria.”

Speculations have arisen about a possible coalition between the Labour Party, PDP, and other opposition parties ahead of the 2027 election. On May 17, Sho Pen Online reported that Atiku Abubakar had pledged to support Obi if the parties merged and allocated the presidential ticket to the southeast.

In the 2023 election, Obi and Abubakar were defeated by Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The duo previously ran on a joint PDP ticket in the 2019 presidential election, with Obi as Abubakar’s vice-presidential candidate.

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