The National Chairman of Labour Party, Barrister Julius Abure has disclosed that the alliance between Labour Party and New Nigeria Peoples Party has completely collapsed.
He stated that a northern muslim runnning mate will defintely be announced for the party’s presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi whom he described as ‘the man of the moment’ by July 15, 2023.
Abure was speaking during an interview on 2023 presidency on Africa Independent Television current affairs programme, Focus Nigeria.
The LP Chairman said that for fairness, justice and equity the presidency must shift to the south owing to the fact that both late President Umaru Musa YarAdua and President Muhhammadu Buhari hail from the north west geopolitical zone.
When asked about the statement made by the presidential candidate of NNPP, Mr Rabiu Kwankwaso about the impossibility of power to shift to the south, he replied:
“We should be able to manage our diversity and bring all Nigerians together. That is the reasonable thing to do. It is not for him to say, it is the people that will decide. Democracy is for the people. The people will decide who will become president in 2023. I want to state clearly that his (Kwankwaso) point of view is parochial and selfish, it does not reflect the aspirations of northern Nigeria. In another eight months we will have the elections. The activities that will crystalize in that election will shock you. Just be patient, let us announce our vice presidential candidate from the north. Northerners are embracing Labour Party. We are expanding in the north and the south. We will get to the stage where an Hausa man and an Igbo man will see themselves as Nigerians. With pragmatic leadership, Nigerians will be detribalized.”
On choosing the party’s running mate for Peter Obi, Aburi said the decision will be followed meticulously by carrying the supporters along even though it is the constituional right of the presidential candidate. The decision of running mate will made judiciously in the best interest of Nigerians.