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“Labour Party’s talks with NNPP Ended since 15th of June, We couldn’t agree on the knotty issue of who becomes the presidential candidate.”- Victor Umeh



Victor Umeh, a Labour Party chieftain, has revealed that talks with the New Nigeria Peoples Party broke down in June.

Umeh is a former national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and a Labour Party senatorial candidate.

Coalition talks between the Labour Party (LP) and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), he claims, ended on June 15.

On a Channels Television program on Tuesday, July 5, Umeh stated that the coalition’s presidential candidate could not be agreed upon.

He also accused Rabiu Kwankwaso, the NNPP’s presidential candidate, and other party members of giving the impression that talks between the two parties were still ongoing.

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Umeh said;  “We are surprised at the recent media blaze by the members of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) to continuously suggest that they were locked in a negotiation with the Labour Party to have a partnership or arrangement where the two parties will work together in 2023.

“We are surprised to continuously see this, we had this discussion precisely on the 15th of June, more than three weeks ago. What necessitated the meeting was that the NNPP and LP working together will give a better opportunity for the presidential election to be won. And the two parties set up two teams.

“Myself, Julius Aboreh, the Labour Party chairman who led our team; Doyin Okupe went to that discussion on behalf of the Labour Party; while the NNPP put forward Buba Galadima, Abdullahi Baffa, former executive secretary of TETFUND, and Ladipo Johnson. 

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“It was a three-man team; we met for long hours, adjourned and we came back. When it became obvious that it had become a dialogue between a deaf and dumb person we called off the negotiation. 

“It was on the 15th of June that the whole talks collapsed completely. The Labour Party has averted its mind from every other discussion with the NNPP.

“But these fellows have continued to give the impression that they are still in talks with the Labour Party. We couldn’t agree on the knotty issue of who becomes the presidential candidate. Will it be Peter Obi of the LP or Rabiu Kwankwaso?

“What they are saying is not in tune with the reality of things. If Peter Obi, who is being sought after, stepped down to deputise Kwankwaso, it would have been injurious to his reputation.”

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