Labour Party’s Presidential candidate, Peter Obi has addressed speculation surrounding his alleged discussions with political figures Atiku Abubakar and Rabiu Kwankwaso for a potential alliance to challenge the dominance of the All Progressives Congress (APC) if the election tribunal seeks a rerun or for the upcoming 2027 elections.
Speaking passionately at a massive rally in Edo State, ahead of the local government polls, Obi reassured his supporters of his unwavering loyalty to the party.
With conviction, Obi asserted, “Labour Party will continue to grow. We will continue to go stronger (and) better. Half of the things you are hearing everywhere are rumors, don’t listen to them. We are committed to building a better and a new Nigeria where we will move Nigeria from consumption to production” The crowd erupted in enthusiastic cheers, buoyed by his words.
This development arrives in the wake of the February 25 presidential election, where Obi secured the third position, trailing behind President Bola Tinubu of the APC and runner-up Atiku Abubakar from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The fourth-place position was clinched by Kwankwaso of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP).
Interestingly, both Atiku and Obi have lodged legal challenges against the INEC’s election results, with the tribunal presently deliberating on their cases following the submission of final arguments.
News recently surfaced, suggesting that Atiku, Obi, and Kwankwaso were conferring about a possible coalition to challenge the APC’s hold in the 2027 election—pending a favorable outcome in the ongoing legal battle.
According to sources, the trio plans to observe the election petitions in court before plotting their course of action.
In his address, the former Anambra State governor directed the contestants representing the Labour Party in the forthcoming Edo local government elections to uphold their campaign promises should they triumph.
He emphasized a tangible shift away from the era of empty assurances: “Those of you who are contesting, go and tell the people what you will do, and whatever you say if you succeed, do it. No more promise-and-fail. The time for fake promises has passed in this country; we don’t want anybody to promise us fake things now. Anything you promise you must deliver.”
Amid the swirling speculations and the charged political atmosphere, Peter Obi’s words reverberate through the crowd, resonating as a steadfast commitment to his party and a call for substantive change in the nation’s political landscape.
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