Donyin Okupe Reveals How Peter Obi, Kwankwaso Merger Died
~ Peter Obi, Kwankwaso Merger Is Dead
A chieftain of Labour Party Doyin Okupe, who also doubles as Director-General of Peter Obi Campaign Organisation, has claimed that the alliance between the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate and his New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) counterpart has been “dead”.
He explained that the romance died since over four weeks.
Okupe, speaking on Channels Television’s “Politics Today” on Tuesday, accused Kwankwaso of trying to take advantage of Obi’s popularity.
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“The Labour Party and its presidential candidate has long withdrawn from that conversation.
“It was the NNPP that continued to try and benefit from the traction of Peter Obi.
“As an elder statesman, out of maturity I decided we will not take them on media-wise, so we kept quiet. But they kept going on.
“That alliance has been dead for over four weeks. I was the leader of the team that went to talk with Kwankwaso and we reached a deadlock,” he said.
Okupe also revealed that the LP made it clear in discussions with Kwankwaso that they were not ready to back another Muslim Northerner to become president, after Muhammadu Buhari steps down in 2023.
Recall that last week, Kwankwaso alleged that the South East will not allow Obi to become his running mate.
He also alleged that the South East has lost every opportunity of becoming the president or vice but with a merger with NNPP, their opportunity is restored.