Ahead of the February 25 presidential election, the Peoples’ Democratic Party has confirmed that talks are underway with 11 other parties that have approached the party for a working alliance.

This came 24 hours after similar talks took place between the ruling All Progressive Congress and other smaller parties.

Speaking in a telephone conversation with our correspondent on Wednesday, the party’s national deputy secretary for publicity, Ibrahim Abdullahi, said the party has started talks with about a dozen parties and welcomes more groups to join.

He said: “There are quite a number of them, but it would be unwise to list them publicly. Last time I checked, we were in conversations with more than 11 of them.

“They reached out to us to express their willingness to partner with us to ensure credible elections in 2023. They put it that way, but you and I know what that means.

“These are parties with candidates that are not strong enough. I can confirm that there is a work agreement and we want to see more parties or groups of this type. Together, we will save this country.

“They know the strength of the PDP and the pedigree of its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.”

the punch reports that in the 2019 election, the Peoples’ Coalition Party and All Grassroots Alliance similarly endorsed Atiku when he first ran for president on the PDP platform.

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