The National Chairman of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Prof Rufai Alkali has disclosed the reason the merger between their presidential candidate, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, and his Labour Party (LP) counterpart, Peter Obi, failed.
Alkali told newsmen on Sunday, at the NNPP’s secretariat in Abuja that the alliance failed to come to fruition because the LP camp insisted that NNPP concedes the presidency to them.
He said: “A technical committee was set up to work out the alliance.
“But for the eight hours that they met, the LP camp said just one thing; that Kwankwaso should concede the presidency to Obi, that it was the time of the South East to become the president.”
He said that the LP camp agreed that Kwankwaso was a good candidate but it was time for Southeast to take over power.
The NNPP chairman also alleged that Obi’s camp leaked the deliberations on social media while the alliance negotiations were ongoing, which led to the collapse of the alliance talks.
He further stated that when there was a stalemate during the negotiation, the LP camp announced to the media that there was a breakdown in the talks.