In a joint action to form a merger between the Labour Party and the New Nigerian Peoples Party, a committee report has been filled to give an update on the proceedings. According to the report, the two parties had agreed on allying, yet with a disagreement on who will be the flag bearer for the merger.
According to the report, the alliance will uproot the bad governance of the All Progressives Congress and The Peoples Democratic Party. The committee gave an analysis of the two parties’ strengths both in the North and South.
Furthermore, the committee revealed that the failure of APC and PDP to pick a running mate from the Southeast could be pivotal towards the victory of the new alliance. However, the electoral regulations in the country are another stumbling block against the potential merger.
As stipulated by Section 82 (2) of the electoral law, political parties must notify INEC nine months before the general election about any merger. Currently, the timeframe has elapsed and the merger is unlikely to take place.
Meanwhile, Afrocover reported that the Presidential candidate of the NNPP confirmed the ongoing negotiations for the alliance. Also, The Director-General of Peter Obi’s campaign team, Dr. Doyin Okupe confirmed the conclusion of the committee’s investigation.
Dr. Okupe indicated that the committee has finished its assignment and stakeholders of the parties will meet by next week. He disclosed the agreement of the two parties to work together. Still, the agreement on who to adopt as the flag bearer remains open.
However, the National Chairman of NNPP, Prof Rufai Alkali also confirmed the negotiation. During a media engagement, the Chairman revealed that Kwankwaso is likely to be the face of the merger due to his experience. More so, he emphasized that no conclusion has been reached yet.