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APC Presidential Ticket: Jonathan Finally Joins APC In Bayelsa – Source

Former President Goodluck Jonathan is said to have joined Bayelsa State’s All Progressives Congress (APC).

The news comes only hours after the former leader rejected the party’s nomination form, which a coalition of northern herders had arranged for him.

According to Anaedoonline.ng, Jonathan’s team had declared in a statement that the former president has no ties to the Fulani organization that purchased presidential forms in his name.

His aides claim that if their chief wanted to join the ruling party, he would not have gone through the back door.

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Jonathan was elected president of Nigeria on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform.

In 2015, he was defeated in his attempt for a second term by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to reports released late Wednesday night, the Otuoke man has resolved to run for the top job he lost to the existing administration in 2015.

The story was corroborated by a trustworthy source in Jonathan’s camp, who stated that the famed leader had registered his membership with the ruling party in his Otuoke Ward in Bayelsa.

According to report, Jonathan was supposed to submit his APC expression of interest and nomination forms, which had been purchased for him earlier in the week, on Thursday, ahead of the deadline.

The source further claimed that Jonathan has received massive supports from the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory while he has also secured the support of the required number of APC delegates in the respective states.

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“Several bigwigs of the party have also been calling Jonathan to pledge their loyalty and support to the former president,’’ the source was quoted as saying, adding that the former president has got the support of influential African leaders charging him to contest the election in the interest of Nigeria.

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He added: “At least three top African leaders called the former president on the matter. They all urged him to run. One of them specifically told him that it didn’t make sense travelling all over Africa settling disputes only to shy away from leadership responsibility in his home country.

“Another reminded him of the implication of failing to put the experiences he garnered as a former Nigerian president and as a continental statesman to good use,” the source added but did not mention the names of the African leaders.

 

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