Obi, Kwankwaso won’t step down for Atiku — LP, NNPP

The Labour Party and the New Nigeria Peoples Party announced on Wednesday that their presidential candidates would not step down for their Peoples Democratic Party counterpart, Atiku Abubakar.

This was stated by the two opposition parties as the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council advised the LP standard bearer, Peter Obi, and his NNPP counterpart, Rabiu Kwankwaso, not to trust Atiku.

The PCC warning followed the PDP presidential candidate’s claims that he was in talks with Obi and Kwankwaso ahead of the February 25 election.

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Atiku in an interview with the BBC Hausa disclosed that talks were ongoing between him and the LP and NNPP candidates.

But the ex-vice president did not disclose the nature of the talks or the terms of the agreement if any.

However, commenting on the reported talks, the Spokesman of the APC Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, urged Nigerians to ignore the former vice-president, describing him as a man that cannot be trusted even by the leaders of his own party.

Speaking in a telephone conversation with our correspondent on Wednesday, Keyamo said, “Atiku is lying; he is not in talks with anyone. Atiku cannot be trusted and that is why he can’t keep his party together.

“He has not been able to reach an agreement with the aggrieved governors of his party because those governors know that he does not keep his word.”

“Kwankwaso left PDP because he was humiliated in the North-West. The PDP treated Peter Obi badly and the man left. These are the men Atiku is giving the impression that they are ready to work with him. It is all lies,” he insisted.

The Director-General of the LP Presidential Campaign Council, Akin Oshuntokun, in an interview with The PUNCH in Abuja on Wednesday, said Obi had no intention of striking a deal with Atiku except the latter agreed to step down for the former Anambra State governor.


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