Why I may not support PDP, Labour Party merger – Obi

The 2023 Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, says he will not support any merger that would lead to a possible “state capture”.

Obi stated this while reacting to the possibility of a merger between his party, the Labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). 

Obi clarified that he has no interest in mergers or alliances solely to secure power or win elections.

“If it’s just a merger for election or state capture, I’m not for it or part of it, I don’t want to be part of anything like that,” Obi said.

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

“If the merger is to be able to govern Nigeria properly, unlock all those things that will make Nigeria a better place, I’m for it,” he added.

Obi harped on the importance of unity and cooperation among individuals and parties, but only if the objective is to build a better Nigeria.

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

Politics Nigeria reports that there have been rumours of a possible merger between the PDP and the Labour Party.

The conversation began following a private visit between Obi and PDP’s Atiku Abubakar in Abuja.

In an interview on NoireTV-GlobalBlackTV released on YouTube on Saturday, Obi also reacted to the prospect of being supported as a south-east candidate in the 2027 presidential election by Atiku.

Responding to the interviewer’s question, Obi expressed gratitude for Atiku’s statement about potentially supporting him as a result of the south-east candidate.

“I commend him and I’m grateful for his statements, especially where he said he will support me if it (the presidential ticket) goes to the south-east,” Obi said.

However, Obi emphasised that his primary concern is not personal ambition or political maneuvering, but rather the well-being of Nigeria and its people.

The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.

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