August 9, 2022



Why NNPP/LP alliance collapsed

Rabiu Kwankwaso and Peter Obi

EMEKA NZE writes that Nigeria misplaced a possibility of what might have been a watershed in political historical past of Nigeria when the main dramatis personae, Mr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and Mr Peter Obi, frittered a possibility to forge an alliance between New Nigeria’s Peoples Social gathering (NNPP) and Labour Social gathering (LP)

LP, NNPP not new in Nigeria’s poll 

Though each events have been lengthy in Nigeria’s poll, they each didn’t make any considerable mark in elections since they have been registered. 

Other than Dr Olusegun Mimiko who rode to the Ondo State Authorities Home by means of LP, no a lot was recognized concerning the occasion until few weeks in the past when the previous PDP presidential aspirant Peter Obi joined the occasion after he was  apparently ‘sidelined’ from the occasion. 

Since he joined, the occasion has flourished, particularly, amongst Nigerians on the social media.

The previous governor of Kano state, Rabiu Kwankwaso, had earlier joined NNPP when he left the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP). From the time he joined, the occasion blossomed and gained unprecedented reputation. 

Kwankwaso, Obi as new entrants

So each males are new entrants in NNPP and LP however their defection to the 2 events tremendously modified their fortunes. 

The enlargement coverage of the 2 events started nearly instantly and considered one of such was the proposed alliance, as a result of each ex governors and Anambra and Kano states nursed ambitions to be president of the nation.

Collapse of alliance 

Nonetheless, final week, the NNPP presidential candidate, Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and his Labour Social gathering (LP) counterpart, Mr Peter Obi, foreclosed a possibility to enact what might have been the best landmark in Nigeria’s current political dispensation by permitting the proposed alliance between the 2 events to burn up.

If that political marriage had succeeded, one of many two would have emerged the presidential candidate of no matter occasion they most popular to function within the 2023 presidential poll. The opposite would have turn out to be the vice presidential candidate.

In opposition to public expectations and permutations, the alliance failed. By the estimation of many Nigerians, if it was cast, there would have been jitters within the camp of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) who suppose it’s their birthright to control the nation. 

All that’s now historical past; the alliance didn’t materialise and the LP and Mr Peter Obi, the identical final week, settled for Dr Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed as his working mate. 

Causes of failure 

Nonetheless, the elements that made the alliance unrealistic is now on report, particularly, given what some Nigerians describe as “betrayal of  public expectations which eagerly yearned to see the union nurtured to fruition.”

Furious political observers attribute what they referred to as the “lack of the golden alternative to public utterances credited to the 2 politicians, particularly, the NNPP presidential candidate who as an alternative of seeing it as nationwide sacrifice to redeem the nation from collapse made it an ego journey.

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Considerably, Kwankwaso, in his public appearances relapsed into the identical errors of the traditional politician who first elements self in all undertakings after which employed the divisive wind of faith and ethnicity which blow the nation no good.

Kwankwaso’s and Southeast

To Kwankwaso, he couldn’t afford to see himself deputising Obi who is way youthful. He had additionally used the chance to solid all method aspersions on the Southeast saying that they’re on the lowest in political ladder and wouldn’t be voted by the north ought to Obi emerge the presidential candidate of the union.

In the course of the inauguration of his occasion’s EXCO in Gombe state, the NNPP presidential candidate stated:

He stated: “I just like the Igbo individuals, they’re good and enterprising, however within the sport of politics, they’re on the backside of the ladder and unsure of their calculations.

“Have a look at it rigorously, that they had misplaced out with the PDP and APC fully. The one selection they’ve now could be merger with NNPP, which I took to them.

“Consider me, this is a chance they’ve; it will be a catastrophe in the event that they bungle it. As soon as that occurs, they are going to, once more, begin to cry of marginalisation and shifting blames to the Yoruba and Hausa/Fulani.

“South East should discover ways to play politics. Have a look at South West; it is vitally strategic. Think about Bola Tinubu at over 80 years. He’s strategic to have agreed to attend for Buhari to go first.

“Actually, we had talks with the LP for doable merger, however issues began with who’s to be the flag bearer.

“The Igbo has not realised that their downside is politics that have to be tackled politically.”

I’m his interview on Channels Tv, the previous governor of Kano state additional painted the image of the Igbo salvation mendacity with him and his NNPP when he stated: “I believe Labour occasion and all of the supporters of Labour Social gathering particularly, my good associates, individuals of the Southeast, I’ve a motive, as Kwankwaso, I’m sympathetic to the southeast. 

“I believe the connection between Labour Social gathering and the NNPP will calm down numerous issues within the southeast because it stands as we speak. That’s the one method the southeast could be related. 

“We don’t need a state of affairs the place a specific part of this nation will really feel that it’s being marginalised and already we’ve got numerous stress there and this stress will not be good for the southeast, it isn’t good for the nation. 

“We’ve state of affairs as we speak on this nation, the place Mondays, so many companies are being shot, so many individuals are being killed, so many lives are wasted and so forth and so forth. That’s the reason I take this chance to say that leaders at stage ought to suppose positively in order that this marriage can work. 

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“I consider it’s within the curiosity of the Labour Social gathering and the NNPP and even within the curiosity of this nation as a result of we’ve got seen a state of affairs the place many individuals within the southeast consider they’re being marginalised and it’ll even be worse if they don’t seem to be concerned within the 2023 mission as a result of LP, actually, because it stands as we speak can’t win elections. 

“O’ sure it can’t win elections. The help is principally in a specific zone. There isn’t a even unfold and the figures there can’t earn anyone presidential seat on this nation.”

On whether or not he might be Obi’s working mate, he stated, “So that you see the main points because it stands as we speak is who turns into the president and who turns into the vice chairman. And I consider that is the time to advise, particularly those that are positively behind the candidate of the Labour Social gathering, that for me, I’ve seen a possibility for the southeast to be related within the subsequent dispensation. In PDP, they’re fully out, so additionally within the APC.The one alternative is now within the NNPP.

Kwankwaso additionally believed that the northern voter can’t vote any presidential candidate from the Southeast. 

“If  this marriage works with Obi because the president, the implication is that the candidate within the PDP would be the greatest beneficiary as a result of the best way the north operates politically on this nation will not be clear to many individuals. 

“For instance, the northern voters have gotten their very own opinion.  Northern voters hardly get influenced by any elite or anyone we will consider. For those who take a look at the case of Muhammadu Buhari, the north determined it’s him, even when the elite don’t like him, they nonetheless don’t like him, however they made up their minds that anytime we’ve got an election, he may have sure votes from the northern voters and these northern voters have made up their minds once more on what to do,  to vote for NNPP and no person can change this. 

“You see, the northern voter is worst hit by the maladministration within the nation. But even underneath that circumstance, the northern voter believes that he’s higher with one united Nigeria and due to this fact a lot of the issues taking place, particularly, within the southeast, persons are not snug with that and so long as you might have someone there in any occasion, it will likely be very tough for the northern voters to vote. 

“That’s the state of affairs now and people employees who’re working in opposition to LP, Southeast, what they consider is for those who put anyone underneath anyone on this aspect of the nation, the northern voters is not going to vote and who will they vote, their very own candidate from the north.”

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NNPP’s nationwide chair debunks declare

Piqued by his outburst in opposition to the Southeast, Nationwide Chairman of his occasion, Prof Rufai Alkali, rapidly issued a press release to counter. 

He stated the “report falsely credited to the Nationwide chief and presidential candidate of the occasion, His Excellency, Senator Mohammed Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso on the South East, is alleged to have generated some unwell emotions in some political circles in Nigeria, particularly between the South East and the NNPP.

“Nonetheless, as a celebration that’s desirous to alter the state of affairs of the nation, we consider that no Nigerian of any geopolitical zone, tribe, ethnic nationality, or non secular persuasion  is least on the rung of the ladder in the entire effort to deliver the specified change within the nation.

“The NNPP needs to categorically state that the assertion of its  presidential candidate. Senator Kwankwaso on the event was located out of contest, because the NNPP Presidential candidate has all the time emphasised that the Igbos have been frontrunners within the combat for the nation’s battle for independence, and had produced the primary President of the nation within the individual of late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, the primary President of the Senate, Dr. Nwafor Orizu, former Vice President, late Dr. Alex Ekwueme, 4 former Presidents of the Senate from 1999 up to now and different prime political workplace holders.

“NNPP as a political occasion on the poll in 2023 believes that it has what it takes like another political events to rejuvenate the current state of affairs of the nation and won’t in any method disparage any zone or individuals of any political occasion.

“It’s pertinent to state that the discussions with any political occasion or particular person is an ongoing factor that may deliver the specified change of a brand new Nigeria. 

“Nonetheless, the occasion or its presidential candidate wouldn’t in any method malign any zone or any particular person as we consider that NNPP we want the votes of all of the zones and all voters to control Nigeria

“We need to state that NNPP will canvass votes from all geo-political zones to win the 2023 presidential election and wouldn’t in any method take into account any zone much less as we’ve got supporters and candidates everywhere in the nation.”

Obi’s over reliance on 100 million voters 

For Obi, his over dependence on the100 million Nigerians residing in poverty expectedly going to solid their vote for him might not have augured effectively for the alliance. It’s not incontrovertible that a few of them might have their political leanings even when it’s unjustifiable and accentuates their plight.

It’s also the insistence of many Nigerians particularly from the Southeast that after President Muhammadu Buhari’s eight years, it was pure for energy to shift to the South and that Kwankwaso has no floor calling on Obi to be his working mate.