2027 Presidency: Atiku’s Aide Explains Why Peter Obi Visited Former VP in Abuja

  • Months after the 2023 presidential election, Peter Obi stormed the residence of the PDP flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar, in Abuja and paid him a surprise visit
  • The LP flagbearer also met with other major stalwarts of the PDP on Monday and the photographs of his meetings with the chieftains have continued to generate a buzz in the polity
  • Paul Ibe, Atiku’s spokesperson, has reacted to the development as the PDP hinted at a possible alliance against Tinubu in 2027

TheTalk.NG journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

Peter Obi, the flagbearer of the Labour Party in the 2023 presidential election, on Monday, May 13, held a closed-door meeting with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, and some other prominent chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja.

Atiku hosts Peter Obi, aide speaksPaul Ibe speaks on Atiku’s meeting with Peter Obi.
Photo credit: Atiku AbubakarSource: Facebook

Obi met with three PDP bigwigs

Obi also met separately with Sule Lamido, a former governor of Jigawa State, and Bukola Saraki, a former Senate President.

Monday’s meeting has sparked speculation about a potential coalition ahead of the 2027 general elections.

“A possible merger,” Atiku’s aide said

In a swift reaction, on Monday, Atiku’s media adviser, Paul Ibe, told The Punch that suggested the potential for a coalition ahead of the 2027 presidential election.

The aide also confirmed that Obi’s meeting with Atiku lasted approximately 20 minutes.

He stated:

“Yes, Peter Obi visited Atiku Abubakar. They met for about 20 minutes behind closed doors, so we wouldn’t know what was said, and they didn’t disclose anything to us.

“Since Atiku Abubakar mentioned coalition discussions and such, I believe that both of them must have been engaged in dialogue. And I did mention that they wouldn’t be discussing it in the media. So, they have indeed been in discussions and it is just a matter of those discussions bearing fruit.

“Regarding the coalition talks, perhaps it is already underway. The possibility does exist.”

‘How Obi left PDP’

Meanwhile, Paul Ibe, Atiku’s spokesperson, disclosed in an interview that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), Nyesom Wike, was instrumental in the exit of Peter Obi from PDP, Vanguard reported.

He also stated that Atiku was ready to zone the PDP presidential ticket to the Southeast.

He stated this during an appearance on Seun Okinbaloye’s Mic On podcast released on Saturday, May 12.

PDP, Labour Party Kick as US endorsed Tinubu’s victory

TheTalk.NG earlier reported that the PDP and Labour Party have kicked against a US report that claimed the 2023 election results reflected the will of the voters.

The opposition parties faulted the report’s conclusion, citing the widespread irregularities during the election.

The PDP and the Labour Party added that they will resist the ruling APC’s move to turn Nigeria into a one-party system.

Source: TheTalk.NG


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