A former national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, and chieftain of the Labour Party, Victor Umeh, has gave explanations he reasons behind the collapse of the much-talked-about alliance between the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP and the LP.
DAILY NIGERIAN report that there have been rumours of a conceivable merger between the presidential candidates of the NNPP and LP, Rabiu Kwankwaso and Peter Obi, comes 2023 general elections.
However in an interview with the Channels TV on Tuesday, monitored through correspondent, Mr Umeh mentioned the coalition talks between the two events collapsed 3 weeks ago because both parties could not agree on some knotty issues.
Mr Umeh, who also LP Senatorial candidate for Anambra Central, mentioned Mr Obi had refused step right down to Mr Kwankwaso, insisting that doing so would be injurious to his reputation and political career.
“What necessitated the meeting was that the NNPP and LP working together will give a better opportunity for the presidential election to be won. And the two parties set up two teams.
“Myself, Julius Aboreh, the Labour Party chairman who led our team; Doyin Okupe also went to that discussion on behalf of the Labour Party; while the NNPP put forward Buba Galadima, Abdullahi Baffa, former Executive Secretary of TETFUND, and Ladipo Johnson.
“It was a three-man team; we met for long hours, adjourned and we came back. When it became obvious that it had become a dialogue between a deaf and dumb person we called off the negotiation.
“It was on the 15th of June that the whole talks collapsed completely. The Labour Party has averted its mind from every other discussion with the NNPP.
“But these fellows have continued to give the impression that they are still in talks with the Labour Party. We couldn’t agree on the knotty issue of who becomes the presidential candidate. Will it be Peter Obi of the LP or Rabiu Kwankwaso?
“What they are saying is not in tune with the reality of things. If Peter Obi, who is being sought after, stepped down to deputise Kwankwaso, it would have been injurious to his reputation.”