Doyin Okupe, a chieftain of Labour Party gave the clarification during an interview with Channels TV on Tuesday, July 5.
Talks of a merger between Labour Party and the New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP is dead and over.
A Chieftain of LP, Doyin Okupe said talks ended over four weeks ago.
There were discussions between Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi and the Presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso, but an agreement was not reached.
Speaking during an interview with Channels TV on Tuesday, July 5, Okupe said:
“That discussion, or those discussions about a merger, alliance and all that were led by me from our side; it is dead – DEAD and buried.
It is not Mr Peter Obi; the Labour Party and its presidential candidate have long since withdrawn from that conversation and it was NNPP that continued to try to benefit from the traction of the popularity of Obi. Out of maturity, I decided that we will not take them on media-wise, so we kept quiet, but they kept going on..
The talk for an alliance had been dead for over four weeks. I am the leader of the team that went to discuss with Kwankwaso’s team, and it was dead.
The moment I asked them one single question: would they consider it appropriate and okay for a president of northern extraction and Muslim to finish eight years and another Muslim northerner from the next state to take over?
And they said there is nothing wrong with that; as far as I’m concerned, the discussion was over and it has remained over since then.” he said