Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has stated that he will abandon the Peoples Democratic Party in favor of the All Progressives Congress if certain conditions are met.
Jonathan would only join the governing party ahead of the 2023 general election if President Muhammadu Buhari endorses him, according to reports.
Jonathan has kept away from PDP activities in recent months, including the main opposition party’s last national conference.
On Thursday, posters depicting the former president were discovered at the ruling party’s National Secretariat.
On Friday, several fans of the former president invaded his office in Abuja’s Maitama neighborhood, urging him to run for re-election.
Jonathan stated during a meeting with his supporters’ leaders on Friday that he wasn’t sure whether he would run, but warned them to “look out.”
According to a top APC source who spoke to Punch on the condition of anonymity, Jonathan is seeking assurances that he would be given the governing party’s presidential ticket.
“Jonathan has already served as President,” the APC leader declared. As a result, the APC may only give him the Presidential ticket. Imagine if he ran against Osinbajo and Tinubu and lost. That would be a disgrace, wouldn’t it?
“As a result, he has stated his opinion clearly. If he is to join the APC, he must be assured that he would be offered a ticket by the party. That is his demand.
The source added that the former President may be sold as a “compromise candidate” amid a call for the presidency to be zoned to the South.
He further stated, “Jonathan is the only Nigerian alive that can promise to serve only one Presidential term and abide by it because he is limited by the constitution. If he serves one term, then power returns to the North. It is also not an easy decision but I can assure you that President Buhari will have no qualms with a Jonathan Presidency.”
Meanwhile, the APC National Working Committee of the ruling party has plans to give special waivers to select aspirants based on the powers conferred on it by the National Executive Committee.
“Section 31.3 of the new APC constitution titled ‘waiver’, reads in part, “Subject to the approval of the National Executive Committee, the National Working Committee may, in special circumstances, grant a waiver to a person seeking a national party official, who is otherwise not qualified under this constitution if, in its opinion, such a waiver is in the best interest of the party.”
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