2027: Obi gives conditions for LP-PDP merger

By Innocent Raphael

The Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate in the 2023 elections, Peter Obi, has outlined the conditions under which he would consider a merger between his party and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2027 elections.

During an interview with NoireTV over the weekend, Obi emphasized that any merger must serve the greater good of Nigeria, focusing on improved governance and aid for the poor, rather than merely aiming to win elections or gain state control.

Obi responded to a recent statement by Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate and former vice president, who suggested the possibility of a merger.

“I commend Atiku for his statement, especially where he said he will support me if it goes to the South East,” Obi remarked.

On the topic of a potential alliance, Obi was clear about his priorities: “As long as any merger or any coming together is to better Nigeria and for governing properly, I am for it. If it is just a merger for election or state capture, I’m not for it.

“I am not desperate to be president, I am desperate to see Nigeria work, especially for the poor, because we have a lot of potential.”

Obi elaborated on his conditions, stating, “If the merger is to be able to govern Nigeria properly and work for all those things that would make Nigeria become a better place, I am for it.

“It might be at the party level, it might be at the individual level or at any level, we must come together to be able to build a better Nigeria,” he added.

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