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Politics of Tuesday, 21 September 2021


2023: Why Jonathan wants to dump PDP - APC chieftain reveals

Former President Goodluck Jonathan Former President Goodluck Jonathan

A chieftain of the ruling of All Progressives Congress (APC), Salihu Moh Lukman, has revealed why speculations rise over alleged plan by former president Goodluck Jonathan to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Daily Sun reports that Lukman the PDP's failure to recognise and appreciate Jonathan has been cited as reason for his speculated plan to dump the opposition party for the APC. gathered that Lukman, who is the director-general, APC Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), however, warned that Jonathan should not be tied to only contesting the 2023 presidential election.

He described Jonathan’s possible defection to the APC as a big gamble, saying that the ex-president can serve well in the capacity of a member of yet to be constituted APC Board of Trustees (BoT).

Lukman said:

“Part of the reason high-profile membership recruitments by political parties in Nigeria attract a lot of debate, attention, and controversy, is that it hardly come without any ambition to contest election by those joining the party.

“Although in the case of Fani-Kayode, no one can associate it with the ambition to contest election, which is why many questioned his electoral value, with 2023 elections less than two years away, and with the APC leadership efficiently succeeding to win so many high-profile leaders joining the party, there has been lots of speculation in terms of what all the high-profile membership recruitment into APC represent.

“Partly because President Buhari will be completing his second term and therefore ineligible to contest, the question of who will emerge as the presidential candidate of the APC for 2023 is quite open."