Chaos In APC Over Plans To Adopt Goodluck Jonathan As Presidential Candidate

There is palpable tension and brewing chaos in the All Progressives Congress (APC) over plans to adopt former President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 election.
Jonathan was Nigeria’s president between 2010 – 2015 under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Jonathan handed power peacefully to the then opposition APC but after rulling for almost eight years, the party is unable to build a formidable structure to stay in power after President Muhammadu Buhari leave office in May 29, 2023.
There has been rumours for about two years concerning the plan by former President Jonathan to join the APC but such rumours have always been engulfed with denial.
Sources hinted that Muhammadu Buhari maybe happy to handover power back to Goodluck Jonathan, a Southerner, Christian, who may only spent one term of four years then power will return to the North.

Elanza News reports that campaign posters of Jonathan have flooded major cities in the country with the former president stating that he will soon make his stand known.

But APC Presidential Support Groups have said that if Jonathan is given the ticket of the APC for the 2023 presidential contest, it will amount to chaos.

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Speaking at a joint press conference on Tuesday, Mr Owlabi Dauda and                                                     Abdullahi Bilal, Convenner and                                                                                Secretary respectively, said as representatives from the 36 states of the federation and the federal capital territory, said even though it is important they win the 2023 presidential elections, said they are constrained to lend their voice to an ugly plot that is being hatched by some members of the APC concerning adopting former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as the presidential candidate of the party in the 2023 presidential election.

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“By all stretch of the imagination, this plot is ill-timed and not in the party’s interest at large. Such a move implies that the party might be heading towards a resounding electoral defeat in the presidential election.

“With utmost respect to the personality of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, there are numerous candidates in the party that commands broad appeal across the country and with credible credentials that can guarantee the party’s electoral success.

“Some of these individuals are notable and committed members of the party whose contributions to the growth and development of the party from inception have been outstanding in ways too numerous to mention.

“It, therefore, defeats common sense for some elements within the party to think in their wisdom that a non-member of the party can be adopted as a presidential candidate and expect to deliver electoral success for the party.

“It is our considered opinion that the APC as a party has gone through some difficult times that threatened its foundation, but for the swift intervention of dedicated party faithful to save the day and restore normalcy within the party’s ranks.

“It is instructive to note that former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). At the time of this press conference, he hasn’t resigned his membership.

“It is also common knowledge that, as it stands, former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan does not understand the ideology and the social contract the APC has with the people of Nigeria concerning our development blueprint and agenda,” the group said adding that bringing Jonathan to the party as presidential candidate will amount to chaos and disunity.

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“Those behind the plot to bring in former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan into the APC as its presidential candidate are possibly blinded by selfish ambition that, by and large, is guaranteed to disintegrate the party and bring it into disrepute.

“This is on the heels that the proposed adoption of former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan would make a mockery of all that the APC represents as a party of progressives. We also stand the risk of a mass exodus from the party and a litany of court cases by aggrieved members of the party.

“The leadership of the APC must do all within its means not to engage in any enterprise that would puncture the fragile peace restored in the party after the painstaking efforts of members of the party in ensuring that the party is well-positioned for electoral success in the 2023 general elections.

“Instead, it is expected that the APC as a party dissipates energy on ensuring a transparent presidential primary where the best candidate from its fold emerges as the presidential candidate.

“The APC as a party should be known for upholding democratic principles as customary with our blueprint for development. It must not be seen as engaging in undemocratic acts that fuel impunity and disenchantment within its ranks.

“The APC Presidential Support Groups wishes to state in unequivocal terms that adopting former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan should be a topic for consideration because the consequences of such a move might be unpleasant for the party in the 2023 general elections.

“Those elements within the APC that are bent on disintegrating the party should desist from such ignoble enterprise. They should look inwards and see the strengths of the various aspirants that have indicated an interest in contesting the presidential elections. This way, the APC as a party would be guaranteed a united house prepared to go for the elections in 2023.

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“The APC Presidential Support Groups wishes to appeal to all members of the APC across the 36 states of the federation to keep the faith and not relent in preparedness for the 2023 general elections,” the group added.

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