The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-political organization, has revealed that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, would lose his popularity if he accepts to be running mate of Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party.
This is coming after several reports alleged that the NNPP and LP are in talks over the possibility of merging ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Reacting to the development, Ohanaeze Ndigbo in a statement on Tuesday by the Secretary-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, warned Obi against accepting to become a running mate of Kwankwaso.
He however said the merger arrangements between NNPP and LP would strengthen the chances of Peter Obi and Rabiu Kwankwaso dislodging the ruling APC in the 2023 presidential election .
A statement by Isiguzoro reads partly: “The merging arrangements between the Labour Party and New Nigeria People’s Party will strengthen the chances of Obi/ Kwankwaso occupying Aso Rock.
“The headache for the Labour Party is never to accept the Vice Presidential position for Obi, any arrangements that would see Obi as a running mate to Kwankwaso will end the popularity of the Labour Party.
“Mr. Peter Obi is the New Nigeria’s candidate, and Kwakwaso is a regional champion who should serve as the running mate”.