Good morning Nigeria. The march is on. There is no way back; without stopping; we must all work hand in hand. The journey to take back Nigeria is now or never,” Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi tweeted on Thursday morning, following a revelation by Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) standard-bearer Atiku Abubakar.
Atiku, in an interview with BBC Hausa, revealed that there were ongoing talks between him, Obi and Rabiu Kwankwaso (New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP, presidential candidate), but did not disclose the nature of the talks or the terms of the deal, if there would be .
LP and NNPP said on Wednesday that their presidential candidates would not give up Atiku.
The two opposition parties said this when the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council advised Obi and Kwankwaso not to trust the former vice president (Atiku).
Commenting on the reported conversations, APC Campaign Council spokesman Festus Keyamo SAN urged Nigerians to ignore the former vice president, describing him as a man even his own party leaders cannot trust.
Speaking in a phone conversation on Wednesday, Keyamo said: “Atiku is lying; he is not in talks with anyone. He can’t trust Atiku and that’s why he can’t hold his group together.
“He has not been able to reach an agreement with the aggrieved governors of his party because those governors know that he is not keeping his word.
“Kwankwaso left the PDP because he was humiliated in the northwest. The PDP treated Peter Obi badly and the man left. These are the men Atiku gives the impression that they are ready to work with him. It’s all lies.
The director general of the LP Presidential Campaign Council, Akin Oshuntokun, in an interview in Abuja on Wednesday, said that Obi had no intention of reaching an agreement with Atiku, except that the latter agreed to resign the former governor of Anambra state.