Prominent political economist Professor Pat Utomi revealed that the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Labour Party (LP) candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, and New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) candidate Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso have reached an agreement to form a mega party.
As reported by Vanguard, the coalition aims to challenge the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2027 elections.
Utomi emphasized that the collaboration extends beyond the mentioned politicians, highlighting his involvement in creating a new tribe of Nigerians committed to specific values, such as refusing to give or take bribes.
Utomi said: “We’re not talking about names yet. Besides, these politicians I mentioned, I’m talking about leaders of social movements, the labour movement and so on.
“I have even been part of creating a new tribe, Nigerians who are committed to certain values, who say I will not give a bribe; I will not take a bribe. And you can then create a set of values that can lead to progress in the country.”
“The way we are today, a few people in the world are willing to engage with Nigeria. They think there’s a collapse of culture and values in Nigeria. You can’t trust Nigerians. All kinds of things are here. It’s a clean start.”
“It’s a really clean start. You have to start from the premise that Nigeria has not had a political party since 1999.”
However, in a swift response, The Labour Party (LP) distanced itself from the proposed merger with the PDP and NNPP. The party issued a warning to the PDP Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, advising caution in any discussions involving a merger with the LP.