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Potential alliance: Peter Obi meets Atiku Abubakar, other PDP leaders

The gatherings, which also saw Obi meeting separately with former Jigawa State governor Sule Lamido and former Senate President Bukola Saraki, have ignited speculation regarding a potential coalition leading up to the 2027 general elections.

Obi’s political journey has been marked by notable shifts; having been a member of the PDP until 2022, he defected to the Labour Party to pursue his presidential aspirations. Despite placing third in the 2023 presidential election, trailing behind Atiku Abubakar and eventual winner Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Obi’s influence remains significant.

Interestingly, Atiku Abubakar attributed his loss to Tinubu to Obi’s departure from the PDP. Analysts argue that the combined votes of Atiku and Obi could have posed a formidable challenge to Tinubu’s victory.

Monday’s meetings marked the first public encounter between Obi and Atiku since the elections. Online platforms were abuzz with speculation following the release of viral photographs capturing Obi’s discussions with the PDP leaders.

In an exclusive conversation with one of our correspondents, Atiku’s media adviser, Paul Ibe, hinted at the possibility of coalition talks leading up to the 2027 elections. He revealed that Obi’s meeting with Atiku lasted approximately 20 minutes, suggesting substantive discussions took place behind closed doors.

The Deputy National Youth Leader of the PDP, Timothy Osadolor, expressed optimism regarding the potential coalition. He emphasized the urgency of political unity among opposition parties to challenge President Tinubu’s administration in 2027, asserting the necessity of collaboration to salvage and revitalize the nation.

Meanwhile, Yunusa Tanko, Chief Spokesman of Obi’s Presidential Campaign Organisation, shed light on the discussions held during the closed-door meetings. Tanko emphasized the focus on rescuing Nigeria from the grip of the ruling APC and addressing pressing national issues.

As speculations mount regarding Obi’s potential return to the PDP or the likelihood of a merger between the Labour Party and the PDP, Tanko remained cautious, stating that the outcome of ongoing discussions would reveal the next steps.

Obiora Ifoh, LP National Publicity Secretary, described the meetings as timely, emphasizing the urgency of addressing Nigeria’s challenges and uniting for the betterment of the nation. He hinted at additional meetings on the horizon, indicating a potential shift in the political landscape.

As political dynamics continue to evolve, Obi’s strategic engagements with key political figures signal a potential realignment in Nigeria’s political arena, setting the stage for intriguing developments leading up to the 2027 elections.

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