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Peter Obi Cautioned Against Relying on the Northern Merger Ahead of 2027 Election

Ohanaeze Ndigbo has cautioned Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi against relying solely on Northern elites for the 2027 elections. The group emphasizes the importance of regional collaboration and learning from past Igbo presidential candidates’ experiences.

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Peter Obi Cautioned Against Relying on the Northern Merger Ahead of 2027 Election

The apex pan-Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has cautioned the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate in the 2023 election, Peter Obi, against relying solely on northern elites in any alleged merger talks ahead of the 2027 elections.

Naija News recalls that earlier this week, Peter Obi met with Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flagbearer in the 2023 election, Sule Lamido, the former Jigawa State governor, and the former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, in Abuja. This meeting sparked speculation about potential opposition party alignments aimed at unseating President Bola Tinubu in 2027.

In a statement issued on Thursday by its Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the Ohanaeze faction expressed reservations over Peter Obi’s recent political activities, which have hinted at such alignments.

The group noted that Obi’s community projects, scholarship grants, and participation in Muslim ceremonies have been perceived as steps to fortify his political stature in the North ahead of the 2027 polls.

However, Ohanaeze urged Peter Obi to learn from the experiences of past Igbo presidential candidates who anticipated a Northern endorsement but were disappointed. The statement emphasized the importance of engaging the North through a framework of regional collaboration rather than individualistic endeavours.

The statement read, “Observers have closely monitored Mr Obi’s subtle political trajectory over the past nine months, particularly in the core North-West and North-East regions, where he has strategic humanitarian initiatives with political intentions to garner broader northern acceptance and articulate his vision for the upcoming presidential elections.

“The Northern political establishment, religious scholars, and traditional institutions harbour reservations towards Mr Obi for several notable reasons. Ohanaeze implores him to glean wisdom from the poignant lessons of history, specifically the disenchanting experiences of past Igbo presidential candidates who pinned their hopes on Northern endorsements, such as Ogbonnaya Onu, Rochas Okorocha, and Chuba Okadigbo, among others.

“It is paramount for Mr Obi and prospective Igbo presidential contenders to internalize these historical narratives and engage the North through a framework of regional collaboration rather than individualistic endeavours.”

This caution from Ohanaeze Ndigbo underscores the complexities of Nigeria’s political landscape and the strategic considerations necessary for any serious presidential contender.

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