Both the Labour Party (LP) and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) have denied any plans to merge with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the upcoming 2023 presidential election. This denial comes in response to Atiku’s recent proposition for opposition parties to come together against the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2027 general elections.
In a press release on Thursday, LP’s spokesperson, Obiora Ifoh, clarified that the party had recently concluded the 2023 presidential election, and a thorough analysis had yet to be conducted. Ifoh stressed that discussions about the party’s future had not taken place, and the public would be duly informed when such deliberations occur.
The LP’s response follows Atiku’s appeal for opposition parties to unite against what he termed Nigeria’s drift towards a “one-party dictatorship” under the APC. In reaction, the LP emphasized that Atiku’s proposal was merely a suggestion, emphasizing the importance of collective efforts to enhance democracy in the country.
Conversely, the APC criticized Atiku, alleging that he and the PDP had consistently failed to provide credible opposition since 2015. The ruling party suggested that the call for a merger was an attempt to divert attention from the PDP’s electoral shortcomings.
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