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Peter Obi Not Interested in Power-Driven Merger, Says Labour Party Spokesperson

Peter Obi Not Interested in Power-Driven Merger, Says Labour Party Spokesperson

Peter Obi will only consider a merger focused on improving Nigeria, not one solely seeking power, according to Yunusa Tanko, Chief Spokesperson of the Labour Party (LP).

Recent reports have suggested a potential merger between Obi and other political leaders to challenge the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Obi had contested in the 2023 presidential election, which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared was won by Tinubu.

Speaking on Channels TV on May 27, Tanko emphasized that Obi prioritizes partnerships aimed at addressing Nigeria’s issues. “Peter Gregory is not interested in a merger just for power. He wants a merger that will alleviate poverty, improve healthcare, ensure clean drinking water, and solve power supply issues,” Tanko said on Politics Today.

“His Excellency, Peter Gregory is not interested in a merger that is only for the interest of seeking power. He is interested in a merger that will bring Nigerians out of the poverty level, bringing the Nigerian people to a comfortable state of health care,” he said on Monday’s edition of Channels Television’s Politics Today. Making sure Nigerians have potable drinking water; making sure the problem of power supply is being solved.

So, therefore, he is interested strongly in a merger that is driven by ideology and a programme. But if it’s only for the purpose of power, he is not interested.”

He said any merger between Obi and others will be subjected to scrutiny, ensuring values are in alignment.

Some weeks back, Obi and Atiku of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), met to discuss issues affecting the country. The meeting with the former vice president who was also the PDP presidential candidate in the 2023 election triggered claims of a merger between the duo.

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