BY IKECHUKWU AGADA (9News Nigeria)
Barring any last minute change of plan ahead of the presidential primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress, indications have emerged that a former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi; and national leader of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso, may spearhead regional parties pending the outcome of the primaries that would take place this weekend, 9news Nigeria gathered.
Meanwhile, Peter Obi has been discussing with the NNPP but has not joined the party, 9news Nigeria gathered on Wednesday night.
But extensive Investigations by 9news Nigeria correspondent shows that Obi may have pitched tent with Labour Party and is likely positioned to fly the party’s flag.
A source close to Kwankwaso, who was reacting to speculations that Obi had joined the NNPP after leaving the PDP, said, “It is not official, but that rumour is going on. I’m not sure if he (Obi) has reached out to us. You know his resignation was just today (Wednesday). But I know they have been discussing it with Kwankwaso even before now.
“What might happen is that the politics of 2023 might turn to regional politics. The NNPP is already strong in the North. There is a possibility that Ike Ekweremadu, Enyinnaya Abaribe and Peter Obi might form an alliance under another party in the South East.
“If Asiwaju Bola Tinubu doesn’t get the APC ticket, he might also go back to South-West with the Social Democratic Party. So these three parties might become the big parties representing the regions in 2023.