Presidential Poll: Obi denies talks with Atiku, says I’m contesting to win


The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Mr. Peter Obi has said that he is not in talks with Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

A statement issued on Wednesday by the Head of Media, Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council, Diran Onifade disclosed that Obi was not in talks with Atiku or any other candidate with a view to stepping down from a race in which he was the frontrunner.

While describing the claim as false and baseless, Onifade maintained that Peter Obi was in the contest to win in consonance with the aspiration of the majority of Nigerians who desire a new Nigeria devoid of lies, corruption and selfish scheming.

The statement reads, “We have been inundated with inquiries about the claim of an ongoing discussion between our Presidential ticket and the camp of PDP’s Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

“For emphasis, we wish to repeat, as we have said all day, that the claim is totally false and baseless. We are not in any talks with Atiku or anyone else with a view to stepping down from a race in which we are the frontrunner.

“Peter Obi is in the contest to win in consonance with the aspiration of the majority of Nigerians who desire a New Nigeria devoid of lies, corruption and selfish scheming.”

Atiku Abubakar had claimed that he was in touch with the presidential candidates of the Labour Party and New Nigerian People’s Party, NNPP, Obi and Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso respectively for possible support in the forthcoming elections.

In an interview with BBC Hausa service, Atiku said he was holding talks with both presidential candidates, adding that the duo were not in any way a threat to his chances in the election.

Photo: Mr. Peter Obi, Labour Party presidential candidate and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, PDP presidential candidate.

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