By Mr Obinna Ejianya (9News Nigeria – Melbourne, Australia)
In a surprising turn of events, former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party were seen embracing each other at the wedding reception of the daughter of renowned legal luminary and scholar, Professor Mike Ozekhome (SAN). The event took place at the THISDAY Dome in Abuja, and it comes at a crucial time when talks of a political merger between the opposition parties are in progress.
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar took to his official Twitter account, @atiku, to share the news of his presence at the wedding reception. He expressed his delight in joining family and friends to celebrate the union of Prof. Mike Ozekhome’s daughter. Atiku also shared photos of himself embracing Mr Peter Obi, capturing a moment of unity and camaraderie among the political figures.
“Yesterday, I joined family and friends in honor of the daughter of legal luminary and scholar, Prof Mike Ozekhome, at her wedding reception at the THISDAY Dome in Abuja. I pray that the union shall receive God’s blessings, as I wish the bride and groom a happy married life.” – Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, @atiku
The images of Atiku and Peter Obi embracing each other at a social event have sparked speculations about the ongoing political negotiations and a possible merger between the opposition parties.
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as the presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2023 elections, has been vocal about the need for the opposition parties to unite and form a stronger front against the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). He has expressed concerns about the APC’s actions, which he believes are leading Nigeria towards a one-party dictatorship.
During a recent meeting with the National Executive Committee of the Inter-Party Advisory Council Nigeria (IPAC), Atiku emphasized the importance of protecting Nigeria’s democracy. He urged IPAC, led by Yabagi Sani, to rally the opposition parties together to counter the perceived threat posed by the ruling party.
The Labour Party, through its acting National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, has described Atiku Abubakar’s merger proposal as a good proposition that should be considered. Ifoh acknowledged the importance of removing the ruling party from power and expressed support for any initiative that would promote democracy and provide Nigerians with good governance.
However, the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) had a different perspective. The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Yakubu Shendam, stated that they would only accept the merger proposal if Atiku supports former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, in his bid to wrest power from the APC in the 2027 elections. Shendam emphasized the need for alliances based on strategic considerations rather than emotions.
The recent embrace between Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi at the wedding reception highlights the significance of opposition unity in Nigerian politics. The coming together of key political figures from different parties signifies a collective effort to challenge the ruling party and protect the democratic values of the nation.
By forming a strong opposition front, the parties can effectively criticize and checkmate wrong policies while providing an alternative vision for good governance and accountability. This unity can also create a shadow executive government that points the ruling party towards the right direction and ensures transparent elections.
Atiku Abubakar has not only emphasized the need for opposition unity but has also criticized the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for conducting poor elections that include discrepancies in voter numbers. He has called for prioritizing constitutional and electoral reforms, particularly electronic voting reforms, to ensure transparent elections and protect Nigeria’s democracy.
The former vice president believes that democracy, despite its flaws, is the best form of government. He is committed to working with others in preserving and strengthening Nigeria’s democratic institutions.
The embrace between Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi at Professor Mike Ozekhome’s daughter’s wedding reception signifies a growing momentum towards opposition unity and a possible merger between political parties. This development comes at a crucial time when discussions about protecting Nigeria’s democracy and countering the ruling party’s actions are at the forefront.
The coming together of political figures from different parties reflects a desire for a stronger opposition front that can challenge the ruling party and advocate for good governance and accountability. It also highlights the importance of constitutional and electoral reforms to ensure transparent and fair elections in the future.
Report by Mr Obinna Ejianya (9News Nigeria – Melbourne, Australia)