Obi gives condition for returning to PDP

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The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has by proxy given reason that would make him to return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Obi defected to the Labour Party from the PDP ahead of the 2023 general election, with his recent romance with the leadership of his former haunt, including the presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, sparking speculation of planned alliance or merger between the oppositions against 2027.

“If the party(PDP) decides that it’s the turn of the South-East and Peter Obi is chosen, I won’t hesitate to support him,” Atiku later said.

Responding in what may be considered as the position of the former Anambra State Governor, LP Director-General Presidential Campaign Council, Akin Osuntokun, in an interview said only PDP’s Presidential ticket offer would sway Obi to join the party.

“Peter Obi going back to the PDP would have to depend on the circumstances and the assurances from the political godfathers of the PDP. The thing is that it’s unrealistic to expect someone who has run for the president to now accept to be a running mate for whoever assumes the superior position.

“That’s because Obi has a unique political appeal among Nigerians. If it’s possible to do it like the way they do in the United States by analyzing the demographic groups that support each candidate, we would find a situation in which Obi carried about 90 per cent of the youth population. And if he chooses to be a running mate, those people are going to be disappointed and offended.

“The only way that Peter Obi could consider returning to the PDP is if he would be given the party’s presidential ticket. Otherwise, he would not embark on a futile exercise. Because if he becomes a running mate in PDP, he will lose a lot of his support. He would be demonized as a sellout.

“So I can’t see the point of his going back to the PDP other than being its presidential candidate,” Osuntokun said.

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