Atiku, Obi and Kwankwaso in Closed Door Meeting
The Presidential candidates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, Labour Party, Peter Obi, and New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) Rabiu Kwankwaso were in a closed-door meeting at the time of filing this report.
The basis of their discussion is unknown. But left to current trends in the last few days, it is obvious that the emergency of the All Progressives Congress(APC) standard-bearer Bola Tinubu is responsible for their sudden collaboration.
Atiku Abubakar is unapologetically a serial contestant, more so, a force too. He particularly knows the struggle ahead. Tinubu for him is more of a hard nut to crack.
PDP’s vineyard has always been SouthEast and South-South and with the emergency of Obi, the blocs of votes coming from that region will suffer a relapse as it will be divided along party lines.
This is to the disadvantage of both bearer of PDP and LP while it would signal a soft landing to APC who primarily doesn’t expect more from both regions.
The best way either Atiku or Obi can spring a major surprise or even unseat the current government is to ally. Kwankwaso has cult-like followers in the North West. Kano to be precise. He had a strong electoral value which will be a bonus for either Atiku or Obi to tap in.
The major headache of this article is whether either of these candidates will forgo their ambition to create a strong partnership.
While we are all in the dark over the end of their ongoing meeting, we may see alignment and realignment that will make the three of them fly on the same plane in the coming weeks.
Why this permutation will be so detrimental to the ambition of Peter, Atiku, or Kwankwaso, it is ordinarily the only feasible way they can mount a serious challenge in 2023.