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Atiku: I am considering backing Peter Obi in the 2027 election.



Atiku: I am considering backing Peter Obi in the 2027 election.
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Atiku: I am considering backing Peter Obi in the 2027 election.


Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar met with Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections, in Abuja earlier this week.

NewsReport Nigeria reports that the meeting fueled speculation about a merger of some opposition political parties ahead of the 2027 general election.

In an interview with the BBC Hausa Service, monitored by Fred Ezeh, Atiku Abubakar explained the reasons for the meeting.

You had a meeting with Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, in the last general elections. What was the reason for the meeting?

It’s just a normal friendly meeting that we often have, particularly with the opposition parties. Such meetings are healthy for Nigeria’s democracy and for the country’s interests.

People are saying the meeting was to form a merger or alliance between your party, the PDP, and the Labour Party. Is that possible?

Yes, it’s very much possible. We can merge to achieve a common goal. So, it’s possible, and nothing can stop it if we so wish to achieve that.

But the choice of presidential candidate might frustrate the effort.

That’s not true. That challenge will not arise. I can tell you that the choice of who will fly the flag of the party won’t arise.


Why do you think so?

I don’t think so; I know so. Believe me, the challenge will not arise. Or are you expecting it to arise? Just believe me that it won’t arise.

What if it’s required that both you and Peter Obi drop your ambition and support someone else? Will you and others support that?

I have said repeatedly, and I even said it before the 2023 general elections, that if the PDP decides to zone the presidential ticket to the South or South-East specifically, I won’t contest it. As long as it’s the decision of the party, I will abide by it. But I contested the 2023 presidential ticket because it was thrown open to all members of the party.


So if Peter Obi, being from the south-east, is the choice, will you support him?

If the party decides that it’s the turn of the South-East and Peter Obi is chosen, I won’t hesitate to support him.


How is the merger talk going?

We are still discussing the issue, and at the right time, we will make our position known.


When will you conclude the discussion?

I can’t disclose that for now because it’s not yet the right time to do that.

After the 2023 elections, you were expected to be quiet and observe, but you are still playing the opposition?

Yes, we can’t keep quiet and watch things go wrong. People are suffering, and we are committed to making Nigeria a better place.

It means you are not tired of the politics of Nigeria.

Not at all. I am still in active politics in Nigeria, at least, as long as God permits.

People are expecting you to give space to younger ones, considering your age.

My age doesn’t stop the young ones from testing their fate. Everybody, irrespective of age, is allowed to aspire to be anybody in society, politically or otherwise.

So, there’s the possibility of you contesting the 2027 elections?

But that would depend on the decision of my party. I can’t make any categorical statements on that. It’s the duty of the party to decide on the way to go in the next election.

But is your interest still there?

Until that time comes,. Let’s just wait and see how it turns out.

People are interpreting your recent meetings with various people as watering the ground for the next election.

It must not be interpreted like that. I must not be eyeing elections to have meetings with political friends and associates. Currently, we are practicing democracy in this country, which we fought for with our blood.

Many people lost their lives in the struggle. As a result, we would continue to ensure that democracy is strengthened in the country. We can’t watch from the sidelines, as things are getting bad.


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