On Sunday, the New Nigeria Peoples Party replied to media allegations that its standard bearer, Rabiu Kwankwaso, could deputize the Labour Party’s presidential flagbearer, Peter Obi.
The reports were labeled “misleading and embarrassing” by the party.
The NG Times Online News can safely reveal that the NNPP and the Labour Party have formed an alliance.
In an interview with BBC Hausa, NNPP presidential candidate Rabiu Kwankwaso said talks were ongoing to achieve a successful merger between his party and the Labour Party. Though Kwankwaso did not say who would be his running mate if he and Obi merged, he did say that the merger would be critical in the run-up to the 2023 general election.
The NNPP, however, said in a statement signed by Dr Agbo Major, its national publicity secretary, that the party had received waves of media stories claiming Kwankwaso could deputize Obi.
“The NNPP has never declared that its esteemed presidential candidate, His Excellency, Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso, would accept Peter Obi’s deputyship in the Labour Party. The report is deceitful and embarrassing to our great party, its presidential candidate, Kwankwaso, and millions of supporters in Nigeria and the diaspora, and we urge journalists to double-check their stories before publishing them to avoid national discontent ahead of the crucial 2023 general election.
“As a mass movement, the NNPP acknowledged alliance talks with Labour Party that would consolidate and boost the nation’s frail democracy as we collectively strive for a new Nigeria which the party champions.
“The Sunday Trust newspaper correctly stated in its report; “Asked to verify the proposed alliance, Major (Agbo) said talks were still ongoing and he wouldn’t want to speculate.” If the party ‘s National Publicity Secretary, Dr Agbo Major had said “talks were ongoing and he wouldn’t want to speculate,” how did the newspaper arrive at Kwankwaso can deputise Obi?
“The NNPP has high regard for journalists as the watchdog of the nation and major stakeholders in Nigeria’s democratic process and urges them to always crosscheck their reports before publishing them in tandem with the ethics of their profession. Together, we shall build a strong, virile, progressive and egalitarian democratic society.”