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Peter Obi’s stance on political merger is Ideology over power, spokesman

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In recent political discussions, Yunusa Tanko, Chief Spokesperson for Obi-Datti and Director of Media for the Labour Party (LP), clarified that Peter Obi’s potential involvement in any political merger would prioritize national progress over mere power acquisition.

This statement comes amid speculation about a possible alliance between Obi and other political leaders to challenge the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), following the 2023 presidential election where Bola Tinubu was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Tanko emphasized Obi’s commitment to partnerships that align with his vision for a better Nigeria. “His Excellency Peter Gregory is not interested in a merger that is only for the purpose of seeking power.

He is interested in a merger that will bring Nigerians out of poverty, bringing the Nigerian people to a comfortable state of health care,” Tanko said on Channels Television’s Politics Today. He highlighted the importance of addressing essential issues such as potable water and power supply.

Obi’s focus, according to Tanko, is on forming alliances based on shared values and actionable programs rather than political opportunism.

“So, therefore, he is strongly interested 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 asserted. Any potential merger would undergo rigorous scrutiny to ensure alignment in values and goals.

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The discourse around political mergers intensified after Obi and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) met to discuss national issues.

This meeting sparked rumors of a potential merger, especially considering their previous collaboration in the 2019 elections. However, Tajudeen Yusuf, a former House of Representatives member, expressed skepticism about the feasibility of such an alliance.

“They have worked together before in 2019. It would not be out of place if they worked together again. I am not in their minds, but I don’t see the possibility,” Yusuf commented.

Yusuf pointed to Atiku’s recent statements about his continued political ambitions as a signal that he is not stepping back from presidential contests.

“They met a few days ago, and after the meeting, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar came out to say he will continue to contest as long as he’s alive and healthy,” Yusuf said.

He suggested that both Obi and Atiku might independently pursue the 2027 election, complicating any merger talks.

As Nigeria navigates its political landscape, Obi’s insistence on meaningful, value-driven collaborations highlights a potential shift towards more ideologically cohesive alliances aimed at substantive national improvement rather than mere electoral victory.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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