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Peter Obi and Kwankwaso face uncertainty because INEC rules could stop the LP/NNPP merger

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The merger between the Labour Party (LP) and the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), which has been talked about a lot, might not happen.

Rabiu Kwankwaso, the candidate for president of the NNPP, confirmed on Saturday morning that his party was in talks with the Labour Party.

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Kwankwaso had said, “We are talking with Peter Obi, and a committee is looking into how we can merge.”

“The merger is important because, as you can see, neither the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) nor the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chose their running mates from the South-East.”

But it might be against the law for the two parties to join forces before the 2023 general elections.

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“First, a merger can’t create a new party in time for the election.

“INEC rules say that a political party can’t be registered less than a year before an election.

A journalist for Premium Times, Nicholas Ibekwe, told DAILY POST, “But they can break up their structure to help each other run for certain positions, like the presidency.”

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A well-known political commentator from Abuja named Deji Adeyanju, on the other hand, is clear about what Obi and Kwankwaso should agree on.

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“When the Labour Party and the NNPP join forces, Obi should be president and Kwankwaso should be vice president.

Adeyanju tweeted on Saturday, “That’s the only thing that makes sense.”

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In the North, Kwankwaso’s NNPP has a lot of supporters, while Obi, who recently left the PDP and joined the Labour Party, has won over a lot of young people in the South.

Obi chose Doyin Okupe, who used to work for the president, as his running mate on Friday.

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