Doyin Okupe has dispelled rumors that Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) might form a coalition, claiming that neither candidate can do so.
“That discussion or those discussions about merger, alliance and all that was led by me from our side. It is dead. D-E-A-D! Dead and buried! Finished,” Mr Okupe declared Tuesday evening on Channels TV.
“It has been dead for four weeks,” the LP vice presidential placeholder added.
Days prior, Mr. Kwankwaso said that Mr. Obi’s ties to the South-East and his association with IPOB agitations would prevent northerners from casting their ballots for him.
In response to the claim on Channels TV on Tuesday night, Mr. Okupe claimed Mr. Kwankwaso was merely attempting to capitalize on Mr. Obi’s rising popularity by doing interviews regarding a long-forgotten topic.
“It was the NNPP that continued to try to benefit from the traction of the popularity of Obi,” said Mr Okupe.
Mr. Okupe claimed that Mr. Kwankwaso was electorally limited to the state of Kano and might be forming erroneous opinions about the entire northern part of the country.
He also refuted the idea that because Mr. Kwankwaso served as governor of Kano for two terms and is currently a senator, he is unable to serve as vice president of the LP because he has more political experience than Mr. Obi.
The leader of the Labour Party claimed that because Nigerians needed strong leadership so badly, they would prioritize competence over political experience.
“Kwankwaso has nothing in his background that convinces anybody that he can match Peter Obi. So, it’s not a matter of seniority, it’s a matter of capability,” Mr Okupe said.
According to the LP vice presidential placeholder, Mr. Obi would name his northern-born running companion before the end of the week.