President Muhammadu Buhari has yet to sign off on plans to appoint Goodluck Jonathan, his predecessor, as Nigeria’s next president in 2023.
This is despite efforts by certain influential Northern leaders to make Jonathan the All Progressives Congress’s consensus candidate (APC).
According to sources, the former president is still in the running to succeed Buhari, having filed his presidential nomination and expression of interest form to the governing party.
Despite Governor Samuel Ortom’s efforts to persuade Jonathan to stay in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), sources indicate that Jonathan is still running for the APC presidential nomination.
According to reports, a cross-section of Northern political stakeholders are supportive of Jonathan’s candidacy in the 2023 election.
Despite being aware of the initiatives, Buhari has neither rejected nor officially approved them as of the time of writing this story.
According to a source close to Jonathan’s camp, Jonathan’s attempt to fly the APC banner in the 2023 presidential election is on track.
He, on the other hand, refused to go into depth about the procedure or who the promoters are.
According to the insider, Jonathan might emerge as the APC’s consensus candidate if no unexpected political developments occur.
The source said: “There have been a series of political stakeholders’ engagements and many more are still being held in a bid to finalise the details of the process and we are confident Jonathan will emerge the candidate of the party.
“Although there have been some back and forth developments relating to the project, there is clear hope now since the necessary contacts have been made and are still being made to advance the cause of the former Nigerian leader.
“The former president is likely to get the ticket of the APC largely because the majority of the stakeholders and supporters of other presidential aspirants are on his side, having seen and known that their principals will not be able to make it.”
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