Don’t form alliance against Tinubu, Ohanaeze warns Obi


Ohanaeze Ndigbo has advised Peter Obi to join forces with President Bola Tinubu rather than his counterparts from the People’s Democratic Party, and New Nigeria Peoples Party, Atiku Abubakar and Rabiu Kwankwaso respectively.

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In a statement on Monday, the Secretary-General of Ohanaeze, Okechukwu Isiguzoro said the alliance would die on arrival because Nigerians will reject Kwankwaso or Atiku.

Isiguzoro noted that any coalition that seeks to jeopardize Tinubu’s administration will fail.

He added that Nigerians are very much aware Atiku will never support Obi to become leader of the opposition because he is desperate to become president, so they won’t support any coalition that involves him.

The statement partly reads, “Peter Obi, Atiku, and Kwankwaso’s plan to take power from APC is not only a pipe dream but satanic. The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, insisted that the ongoing reported talk between the opposition political party leaders is a welcome development as it will put the APC-led Federal Government on its toes to ensure that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration delivers all the campaign promises to Nigerians.

“But anything contrary to these is regarded as the inconsiderate pursuits of drowning politicians whose aims are satanic, mischievous, but laughable. Ohanaeze Ndigbo observed that there is the possibility of a collapse in their talks because Nigerians will not accept Atiku or Kwankwaso as the leaders of the alliance.

“Nigerians know that the uncharitable disposition and desperation of Atiku Abubakar of the PDP will never allow him to support Peter Obi to be the leader of the Nigerian opposition; the ill-fated journey of Atiku, Obi, and Kwankwaso will crumble in the future.”

Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general elections, Peter Obi has assured party loyalists that half of the things being said about him in recent times are false, describing them as “rumours”.

Obi made this known on Monday while speaking at the party’s rally in Edo State ahead of the local government elections in the state.

This is coming barely 24 hours after reports went viral that he was in talks with Atiku Abubakar and Rabiu Kwankwaso for a possible merger to seize power from the ruling All Progressives Congress in the 2027 presidential election.

A report surfaced on Monday that the trio of Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi and Rabiu Kwankwaso were in talks on the possibility of a coalition to wrestle power from the APC in the coming 2027 election.

The report claimed that the trio had decided to wait and watch the outcome of the election petitions in court, which would determine their next line of action.

However, assuring party loyalists and supporters of his commitment to the continuous growth of the party, he noted that the party will continue to grow stronger and better in the midst of detractors.

He added that he and the party leadership are committed to building a better and stronger Nigeria if given the opportunity to steer the country’s reins of power.

He said, “Labour Party will continue to grow. We will continue to get stronger (and) better. Half of the things you are hearing everywhere are rumours, 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.”

Speaking further, Obi urged individuals contesting local government elections in the state to ensure a fulfillment of all campaign promises in the event of their victory.

He said, “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.”