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Wednesday, 3 February 2021

APC Denies Plotting to Field Jonathan in 2023 Presidential Election

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has denied widespread rumour that it was planning to field former President Goodluck Jonathan as its candidate in the 2023 Presidential election.

The party clarified that such plan was not on its table but just the creation of some individuals.

Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni who is interim committee chair of the APC, told the BBC Hausa service that there was nothing like courtship in the matter as politics is all about actual talking.

“Those peddling such information, they are afraid. But for now, there is nothing in the APC which has anything to do with the aspiration for 2023.”

“Even if someone wants to base assumption on our recent visit to him during his birthday, we were there because of  his capacity as a former President of Nigeria. ”

“Again, even if there is nothing, when we are talking of peaceful coexistence, we must give credit to former President Jonathan on the issue of peace. How he accepted defeat in 2015 and resigned to fate. That has qualified him to be a statesman and he is now among our fathers.”

Governor Buni said it is customary to visit one another and exchange pleasantries.

“Our visit to Jonathan was pronounced because of his status as a former president, that could be why some may think there was something beneath.”

‘There are numerous  of such visits ,to leaders of  PDP, APC, why are others not being mentioned but Jonathan?”

When asked whether the APC would listen to Jonathan if he may eventually, indicate interest, Buni said that would be a new discussion, entirely.

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