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APC dismisses potential Atiku-Obi merger as “mutual desperation”

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday dismissed the possibility of a merger between Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and Labour Party’s Peter Obi, describing them as desperate politicians unfit to be trusted with power.

In a statement issued in Abuja, APC National Publicity Secretary Felix Morka expressed confidence that any collaboration between the two opposition figures would amount to nothing, attributing their meeting to a shared desperation to prevent President Bola Tinubu’s re-election in 2027.

The APC’s remarks followed a closed-door meeting on May 13 between Atiku and Obi at Atiku’s Abuja residence, which was documented in viral photographs on social media. Atiku later acknowledged the meeting on his X handle, stating, “It was my honour and privilege to host #PeterObi today.”

On the same day, Obi also met with PDP chieftains, former Senate President Bukola Saraki and former Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido.

Morka’s statement criticized the political maneuverings of Atiku and Obi, highlighting their past affiliations and political migrations. In 2019, Atiku and Obi ran on the PDP ticket but lost to then-President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC.

Ahead of the 2023 elections, Obi left the PDP for the Labour Party, while Atiku remained with the PDP; both were defeated by Tinubu.

Following the Supreme Court’s affirmation of Tinubu’s victory, Atiku called for unity among opposition parties to challenge Tinubu in 2027.

Morka acknowledged speculation about a potential alliance between Atiku and Obi but questioned the feasibility of either politician switching parties again.

“Peter Obi’s return to the PDP would be hardly surprising, given his reputation as a political wayfarer,” Morka said. “Atiku joining the Labour Party will shock no one, as he is known as the country’s most itinerant politician.”

Morka criticized both politicians for their perceived opportunism, stating, “Atiku and Obi are united by their mutual desperation to be President of Nigeria and their disdain for President Bola Tinubu’s commitment to national transformation.”

He argued that neither Atiku nor Obi could be trusted with leadership due to their inability to manage their own parties, adding, “Men without the staying power to build or fix their own parties cannot possibly be trusted by Nigerians to tackle the serious and complex national challenges that confront our nation.”

Morka urged Nigerians to continue supporting the APC and President Tinubu’s efforts to create a stronger, more prosperous country.

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