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PDP open to forming alliance with LP’s Obi – Atiku

THE Presidential candidate of the people democratic party, Atiku Abubakar has stated his willingness to form an alliance with Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi.

Atiku made the remarks at a news conference in Abuja today. This is coming a day after the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s Bola Tinubu was named the winner of Saturday’s election.

While the PDP and LP have both disputed the results of the election, Atiku, who stood alongside Obi in the 2019 election, has stated that he is willing to work with the former Anambra State governor.

“So, as far as I am concerned, Peter is welcome to dialogue with the PDP. We are ready to dialogue with him. I don’t think we will have a problem if he wants to dialogue with the PDP, whether for an alliance or not,” he said during the event.

Obi, who was a former chieftain at the PDP left the party before the presidential primary and joined the LP where he became its candidate.

But Atiku has faulted the move which he said was “hasty” and not well-thought-out.

“At the time Peter decided to leave the PDP for the Labour Party, we had not really begun our primary process,” Atiku explained. “So, the question of whether he was going to get a ticket or not did not arise.”

He stated that the LP flagbearer only took votes in PDP strongholds and could not have won the presidential election relying just on the South-East.

“Agreed; that it is a fact that he took our votes in the South-East and South-South and that of course would not make him a president. You all know that to be a president of this country, you all need votes from every part of the country,” he added.

The PDP candidate further faulted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the way the elections were conducted, accusing it of crushing Nigerians’ dreams and aspirations.

“Having consulted with leaders of our party who are seated here with me and Nigerians from different walks of life, I have come to the conclusion that the processes and outcome of the presidential and national elections on Saturday were grossly flawed by every single material and as such, must be challenged by all of us,” Atiku said.

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