June 13, 2024

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has advised Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, to align himself with President Bola Tinubu rather than joining forces with his fellow candidates, Atiku Abubakar from the Peoples Democratic Party and Rabiu Kwankwaso from the New Nigeria Peoples Party.

According to Ohanaeze, the proposed alliance against the All Progressives Congress (APC) is considered unfavorable and even satanic. They believe that such an alliance would compel the APC-led Federal Government to fulfill its obligations and ensure that President Bola Tinubu follows through with his electoral commitments.

This stance was conveyed through a statement issued by Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the factional Secretary-General of Ohanaeze. Isiguzoro expressed skepticism about the alliance’s viability, asserting that Nigerians would not readily accept Kwankwaso or Atiku as its leaders.

Isiguzoro further highlighted that Atiku’s strong desire for power would prevent him from supporting Peter Obi’s leadership within the opposition.

The statement partly reads: “The ongoing discussions between the opposition party leaders—Peter Obi, Atiku, and Kwankwaso—are not only unrealistic but also have sinister motives. While Ohanaeze Ndigbo acknowledges that this dialogue could potentially prompt the APC-led Federal Government to meet its commitments, any deviations from this are seen as the misguided efforts of sinking politicians driven by ulterior motives, but the results of which are laughable.”

The statement goes on to highlight the belief that the alliance talks could collapse due to the reluctance of Nigerians to embrace Atiku or Kwankwaso as leaders of such an alliance.

“Nigerians are well aware that Atiku Abubakar’s self-centered ambition and desperation within the PDP would hinder him from supporting Peter Obi’s leadership within the Nigerian opposition. Consequently, the ill-fated endeavors of Atiku, Obi, and Kwankwaso will likely falter in the future.”

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