The New Nigeria Peoples Party on Sunday reacted to media reports that its standard bearer, Rabiu Kwankwaso, could deputize for the Labor Party’s presidential flag bearer, Peter Obi.
The party called the information “misleading and embarrassing”.
AF24news observes that there have been reports of an alliance between the NNPP and the Labor Party.
The presidential candidate of the NNPP, Rabiu Kwankwaso, in an interview with BBC Hausa, said that talks were underway to ensure a successful merger between his party and the Labor Party. Although Kwankwaso did not suggest who would be the running mate between him and Obi, he noted that the merger would be very crucial ahead of the 2023 general election.
But the NNPP, in a statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Dr Agbo Major, noted that the party had received waves of media reports indicating that Kwankwaso could fill in for Obi.
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“The NNPP has never said at any time that its estimated presidential candidate, His Excellency, Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso, could accept to be the Labor Party, the assistant of Peter Obi. The report is misleading and embarrassing to our great party, its presidential candidate, Kwankwaso and millions of supporters in Nigeria and the Diaspora, and urges journalists to cross-check their reports before publishing to avoid national disaffection ahead of the elections crucial generals of 2023.
“As a mass movement, the NNPP has recognized the alliance talks with the Labor Party which would consolidate and strengthen the country’s fragile democracy as we collectively strive to establish a new Nigeria championed by the party.
“The Sunday Trust newspaper correctly stated in its report; “Asked to verify the proposed alliance, the major (Agbo) said talks were still ongoing and he would not like to speculate.” If the party’s national publicity secretary, Dr. Agbo Major had said that “talks were in progress and he did not want to speculate”, how did the newspaper arrive in Kwankwaso to deputize for Obi?
“The NNPP holds journalists in high regard as the nation’s watchdog and key stakeholders in Nigeria’s democratic process and urges them to always cross-check their reports before publishing in tandem with the ethics of their profession. Together, we will build a strong, virile, progressive and egalitarian democratic society.