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Why I may support Peter Obi in 2027, says Atiku



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The 2023 presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has disclosed his readiness to support Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) if the party nominates him for the 2027 presidential election.

Atiku, in an interview with the BBC Hausa, explained why he also met with the former Anambra governor during the week.

He said that the meeting was a routine interaction between opposition members, which he believes is beneficial for the country’s democracy.

The former vice president said, “It’s just a normal friendly meeting that we often have, particularly among us in the opposition parties. Such meetings are healthy for Nigeria’s democracy and in the country’s interest.”

Atiku reiterated his previous stance, stating, “I have said repeatedly, and I even said it before the 2023 general elections, that if the PDP decides to zone the presidential ticket to the South or South-East specifically, I won’t contest it.

“As long as it’s the decision of the party, I will abide by it. But I contested the 2023 presidential ticket because it was thrown open to all members of the party.”

“If the party decides that it’s the turn of the South-East and Peter Obi is chosen, I won’t hesitate to support him,” he further affirmed.

Atiku also indicated that a merger between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party is possible.

“Yes, it’s very much possible. We can merge to achieve a common goal, and nothing can stop us if we so wish to achieve that,” he said.

Commenting on concerns that the choice of a presidential candidate could affect the merger discussions, he reassured that “the choice of who will fly the flag of the party won’t be an issue.”

The former vice president emphasised his ongoing commitment to active politics, stating, “We can’t keep quiet and watch things go wrong. People are suffering, and we are committed to making Nigeria a better place.”

When asked if he was still interested in politics despite his age, Atiku replied, “Not at all. I am still in active politics in Nigeria, at least, as long as God permits. Everybody, irrespective of age, is allowed to aspire to be anybody in society, politically or otherwise.”

On his potential 2027 presidential ambition, he deferred to the party’s decision-making process, saying, “That would depend on the decision of my party. I can’t make any categorical statements on that.

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