The Presidential candidates of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi is rumoured to be considering stepping down for the Peoples Democratic Party of Nigeria (PDP) presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Many of the supporters and advisers of the Labour Party candidate have realized that the upcoming election will be a direct contest between the APC and PDP, according to information that WesternPost exclusively obtained from top officials of the Peter Obi campaign team.
Key members of the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council reportedly met on Monday at a prestigious hotel in Abuja to discuss the current state of their campaign and Peter Obi’s chances in light of newly emerging facts and the lack of enthusiasm among voters during Peter Obi’s campaign stops in the North, South-West, and South-South.
Campaign rallies with almost an empty stadia has made both Peter Obi and his running mate Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed realised that chances of winning the next election is very slim.
The Labour Party candidate has carried on with his campaign activities largely based on social media energy of many active young people on Twitter and Facebook.
A top source revealed that apart from the reality of winning the election hitting home, there is serious in-fighting in Obi’s camp where many of the vocal campaign officials are all jostling for relevance and protecting their territories.
The meeting analysed Atiku’s chances and the existing relationship between the PDP candidate and Peter Obi. The Labour Party candidate was the running mate to Atiku in 2019 Presidential election won by President Muhammadu Buhari and APC.
According to our source: “Peter Obi and his people are planning to align with Atiku in the coming election.
Key officers of Peter Obi’s team met yesterday in Abuja. They were analysing Atiku’s chances. There is some realization in the Obi camp that they can’t win and want to align.
They mentioned how North-East will be split, that Sokoto Governor, the Director-General of Atiku’s Campaign Council won his own second term election with 200 votes and can’t guarantee his state for Atiku the votes from Sokoto.
For them it is better to work with Atiku to win instead of dissipating South East votes which Obi can get on Igbo sentiments but will not be anywhere near enough to win the presidential election. At the meeting, they kept saying ‘we don’t have the numbers to win.”
We also learnt also that Obi’s team postponed the Labour Party rally in Adamawa State which is Atiku’s home state in view of the possible alignment talks between PDP and LP.
On the in-fighting within Obi’s camp, our source said Ndi Kato and Aisha Yesufu don’t see eye to eye. Aisha Yesufu is an activist who gained national prominence on the back of the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign for Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 and now one of Obi’s main backers.
The two women fell out over issues of money.
“Ndi and Aisha Yesufu are having very bad fight over money and some personal stuffs,” our source revealed further.