Flagbearer and presidential aspirant of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, has spoken on the possibility of an alliance with the Labour Party ahead of the presidential election next year.

Touching on the issue in an interview, Kwankwaso confirmed ongoing talks with the LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi, on the possibility of merging both parties. Other key members of the LP have been contacted, with the former Kano State governor citing the failure of the APC and PDP to pick running mates from the south-east zone of Nigeria.

This could spell a major breakthrough for a NNPP-LP alliance; roping extra votes from that region.

‘We are really talking to Peter Obi, or at least saying that the committee is working to look into the matter (and cooperate with him), and friends and family are coming to talk to us about it.

‘Merging with the Labour Party is very significant at this critical moment especially looking at the fact that both PDP and APC Presidential candidates did not pick their running mates from the South-East,’ he said.

The news was also confirmed on Saturday by the NNPP through their official Twitter handle.

‘We wish to inform Nigerians that, our discussions with Peter Obi and the Labour Party are still ongoing. The special committee was set to discuss arrangements.

‘We hope for good results that will give Nigeria a chance to be alive, once again,’ a statement read.

With the 2023 elections fast approaching, major contenders in the presidential race will look to explore loopholes in securing the spot to lead Nigerians. A large percentage of netizens have voiced out their support for Peter Obi, the presidential candidate and flagbearer of the Labour Party; whom they believe could change the current outlook of Nigeria on several fronts.

Rabiu Kwankwaso’s statement on a possible merge of the NNPP and LP could see the power duopoly of the APC and PDP in Nigeria come to an end.

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