Atiku, Obi Desperate To Be President, Says APC

By Oyedunmola Olakunle

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed any potential merger between Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the 2023 election, and Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s standard-bearer.

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The ruling party described both politicians as desperate and untrustworthy.

On Tuesday, the APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, released a statement in Abuja titled

“Atiku, Obi United by Mutual Desperation.” Morka expressed confidence that the meeting between Atiku and Obi would yield no significant results, attributing their actions to a shared desperation to prevent President Bola Tinubu from securing a second term in 2027.

Morka acknowledged that the recent meeting between the two opposition figures had intensified speculation about a possible alliance between their respective parties ahead of the next election.

However, he questioned whether Obi would return to the PDP or if Atiku would abandon his party for Obi’s Labour Party.

He said, “The news of Peter Obi’s return to the PDP would be hardly surprising. His reputation as a political wayfarer is only dwarfed by Atiku’s track record as a veteran political wanderer.

“News of Atiku joining the Labour Party will shock no one as he will be living up to his well-established reputation as the country’s most itinerant politician. For now, Utomi’s mega party remains a figment with no offering of tangible accommodation for both men.

“Atiku and Obi are united by their mutual desperation to be President of Nigeria and their ignoble disdain for President Bola Tinubu’s focused and extraordinary commitment to transforming our nation. Their restless drift in search of convenient party platforms to execute their presidential run only belies the self-indulgent and opportunistic essence of their aspirations.”

Morka argued that Nigerians could not trust either Atiku or Obi with power, claiming they lacked the ability to handle national challenges.

“Men without the staying power to build or fix their own parties, who flee at the slightest flicker of internal crisis, cannot possibly be trusted by Nigerians to tackle serious and complex national, political and economic challenges that confront our nation.

“We urge Nigerians to stand fast in their invaluable support of our great party and President Bola Tinubu’s determined commitment to deliver a stronger, secure and more prosperous country for us all.”

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