The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has said that no party can defeat either the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) or the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 presidential election.
Naija News reports that the Labour Party (LP) and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNP) are in talks in order to form an alliance to defeat both the APC and the PDP in 2023.
In a series of tweets via his verified Twitter handle on Friday, Keyamo stated that an alliance against the APC is not realistic ahead of the 2023 elections.
The minister acknowledged the vibrancy and energy of the supporters of the LP presidential flagbearer, Peter Obi.
He however said that those hoping that the coalition against APC will be feasible have not lived long enough to study the trajectory of elections in Nigeria.
He wrote: “Despite multi-party systems in all major democracies of the world, ONLY TWO dominant parties have emerged in over 2 centuries in NEARLY all these democracies. Young democracies in AFRICA have not been different. Power have always oscillated mainly between two dominant parties.
“I love the energy, but those who are hoping it will lead to something EXTRAORDINARY beyond APC/PDP have not lived long enough to study the trajectory of elections in Nigeria. It will DEFINITELY lead to greater participation, but it will not SUBSTANTIALLY upset the apple cart.
“What we managed to do in 2015 was that the APC was able to design a platform where all the forces against the ruling PDP were able to congregate as one. That’s not the case now. The PDP lacks the moral fibre to pull such a stunt with its own internal squabbles & contradictions.
“A coalition against APC isn’t feasible for now. I waited till after close of nominations to make these analyses to protect my party. It’s ONLY a united opposition that can upstage a ruling party, even in guber elections. The recent elections in Anambra and Osun are good examples.”