Kwankwaso's bombshell stirs reactions from Peter Obi's camp

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If Peter Obi is chosen as the leader of the combined party, according to Rabiu Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People's Party (NNPP), northerners will not support him.

On Sunday, Kwankwaso made this statement while taking part in a Channels TV program.

He claimed that if Obi or any other candidate from the South East were made the standard-bearer of any party, voters in the North would choose a candidate from the North.

Prior to the 2023 presidential election, the NNPP and the LP are debating a potential union in an effort to unseat the two main political parties, the APC and the PDP.

Rabiu Kwankwaso and Peter Obi
Rabiu Kwankwaso and Peter Obi

"The implication is if you put somebody from the south-east, unfortunately, there are many issues in the south-east. You see, northern voters are the worst hit by this country’s maladministration issue. Even under that circumstance, a northern voter also believes that he is better as a one united Nigeria. Most of the things happening in the south, especially in the south-east, people are not too comfortable with that and as long as we have anyone from there in any party, it will be very difficult for northern voters to vote,” Kwankwaso said.

"What I am telling you is if anybody now from the south-east under this circumstance becomes the presidential candidate of our party or any other party, the implication is that the activities and many other issues underground, northern voters will certainly go for their northern candidate in another party.”

Many political pundits now believe that the inability of Kwankwaso's NNPP and Peter Obi's Labour Party to merge for consensus will split the 2023 elections open as both candidates would eat deep into their base giving room for either of the two major political parties (APC and PDP) to emerge victorious at the polls.

Obi's supporters, in fact, feel the former Kano state governor is underrating the 'Obidients' movement and will be shocked come 2023.

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