Labour Party placeholder for Vice Presidential candidate, Doyin Okupe, has said that the party and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) alliance talks have collapsed.
Speaking on Channels Television Politics Today programme, Okupe said the merger failed because Rabiu Kwankwaso of the NNPP insisted on being the presidential flagbearer even when a northern Muslim of the same North-West geo-political zone, President Muhammadu Buhari, is about to complete eight years in office.
Okupe said that during coalition talks he had asked the NNPP leadership if it was fair to field Kwankwaso, a northerner, of which the NNPP leadership said there was nothing wrong with that.
The Peter Obi campaign director-general revealed that LP is now looking at a young running mate of northern extraction.
It was gathered that Senator Datti Baba Ahmed, 46, from Kaduna State may be picked as Obi’s running mate.
Senator Ahmed, who has four degrees including a PhD was a member of the House of Representatives (2003 and 2007) and was elected Senator (Kaduna North) in 2011 on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). He is the founder and pro-Chancellor of Baze University.
Kwankwaso Kwankwaso, a former senator and one-time Minister of Defence, said that it will be difficult for the Northern voters to vote for a presidential candidate from the South-East because they are not comfortable with most of the things happening in the South, especially in the South East.
The former Kano State governor made this known during a recent appearance on a Channels Television Programme, Sunday Politics.
He said that any arrangement that produces the presidential candidate from the South East, the North would not vote for the party, but would rather vote for a northern candidate.
Kwankwaso, however, proposed an alliance with the presidential candidate of the Labour Party and former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, whom he wants to be his running mate in the poll.