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Atiku Abubakar Discusses Potential Merger and Future Plans

In a recent interview with BBC Hausa Service, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar shed light on his meeting with Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general elections. The meeting, which took place in Abuja, has sparked speculations about a potential merger or alliance between opposition parties ahead of the 2027 general elections.

Atiku clarified that the meeting with Peter Obi was a routine gathering common among opposition parties and emphasized its significance in fostering democracy and advancing the country’s interests.

Addressing rumors of a merger between his party, the PDP, and the Labour Party, Atiku expressed openness to the idea, stating that it was indeed possible to merge to achieve a common goal. He dismissed concerns about potential challenges in choosing a presidential candidate, asserting that such issues would not arise.

Regarding his own political ambitions, Atiku reiterated his willingness to abide by the decision of the party, particularly regarding the zoning of the presidential ticket. He affirmed that if the party decides to zone the ticket to the South-East and chooses Peter Obi as the candidate, he would fully support him.

On the progress of merger discussions, Atiku disclosed that talks were ongoing, but declined to specify a timeline for conclusion, emphasizing the need for the right timing.

Responding to questions about his continued involvement in politics despite expectations for him to step back, Atiku affirmed his commitment to addressing the challenges facing Nigeria and reiterated his belief in active participation in shaping the country’s future.

Regarding his age and the speculation surrounding his candidacy in the 2027 elections, Atiku emphasized that the decision ultimately lies with his party. He affirmed his interest in the political landscape but refrained from making definitive statements about his candidacy.

Atiku concluded by emphasizing the importance of strengthening democracy in Nigeria and reiterated his dedication to ensuring a better future for the country, irrespective of electoral considerations.

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