Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike is reportedly set to broker Obi/Kwankwaso ticket for Labour Party ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Oriental Times reports that Peter Obi is the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, while Rabiu Kwankwaso is the candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
According to sources that spoke with New Telegraph, Wike and his bloc within the Peoples Democratic Party are planning to support Obi/Kwankwaso ticket.
Obi and Kwankwaso are yet to submit the name of their official running mate as both presidential candidates are using placeholders.
One of the sources while speaking on the development said, “The Rivers governor is on the verge of brokering an Obi-Kwankwaso ticket since the momentum appears to be in favour of the South.
“I’m not, however, certain if Wike and others will move or strategically collapse their structure for the impending merger.”
He further stated that the discussion between Obi and Kwankwaso has reached an advanced stage.
According to the source, the presidential candidates would soon unveil who will step down to become the running mate of the other.
An aide to Obi who spoke on the claim of the source said he can not confirm such alliance, but that is what they are praying for.
The aide said, “I am not aware of such a move but that is what we are praying for because we in Labour Party will appreciate an alliance of like-minds.”
Wike has been silent on the presidential ambition of Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of PDP.
The Rivers State Governor went mum after the former Vice President decided to pick the governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate.
It would be recalled that Wike has, on separate occasions, met behind closed doors with Obi and Kwankwaso, respectively.