The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has denied allegations that its presidential candidate Rabiu Kwankwaso has agreed to serve as Peter Obi's running mate in the Labour Party's presidential primary (LP).
On Sunday morning, rumors were circulating on social media that Kwankwaso had agreed to run as Obi's vice president.
The social media messages were based on an article where NNPP publicity secretary Agbo Major discussed current negotiations between the LP and the NNPP.
But clarifying his comments in a statement on Sunday, Major had said claims that his comment meant Kwankwaso had agreed to be running mate to Obi were “misleading and embarrassing”.
“NNPP has never at any time said its esteemed Presidential Candidate, His Excellency, Engr. Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, could accept to be Labour Party, Peter Obi’s deputy,” the statement reads.
“The report is misleading and embarrassing to our great party, its Presidential Candidate, Kwankwaso and millions of supporters in Nigeria and in the diaspora, and urges journalists to crosscheck their reports before publishing them to avoid national disaffection ahead of the crucial 2023 general election.
“As a mass movement, NNPP acknowledged alliance talks with Labour Party that would consolidate and boost the nation’s frail democracy as we collectively strive for a new Nigeria which the party champions.”©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.