PDP finally addresses Jonathan's rumoured defection to APC

PDP finally addresses Jonathan's rumoured defection to APC

- Goodluck Jonathan has assured his loyalty and commitment to the PDP

- The former president has been rumoured to be plotting a move to the ruling APC

- Ex-Senate president, Bukola Saraki, said Jonathan remains in PDP despite reports linking him with APC

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Bukola Saraki, former Senate president, has expressed optimism in former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan staying in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Saraki gave this assurance on Tuesday, February 16, when some leaders of the party met with the former president amid growing speculations surrounding his projected move to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Jonathan has been rumoured to be eyeing the Aso Rock Villa again, with the ruling party looking like a pleasant destination to that dream.

Official: Saraki reveals truth on Jonathan dumping PDP for APC as party leaders meet ex-president
Bukola Saraki said ex-president Goodluck Jonathan is not dumping PDP for APC. Credit: Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
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The speculation was further fuelled when some leaders of the APC led by Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state visited him in his home last year.

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Dousing the tension over a possible cross-over to the APC, the Kwara former governor in a series of tweets dismissed insinuations that Jonathan was set to leave the PDP.

Saraki also added that the former president has agreed to work as part of the reconciliatory committee for the party.

“It was a very useful meeting. He gave us his views, and we are very happy. He reassured all of us of his commitment to the PDP and he told us that he is still ready to offer his time, experience and resources to strengthen the party and that is very strong and important for us."

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Meanwhile, Salihu Lukman, the director-general of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), said the defection of Femi Fani-Kayode to the APC was stalled due to the strong internal democratic culture of the party.

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Lukman, who spoke on Friday, February 12, in a statement obtained by Legit.ng, said Fani-Kayode “was not welcome to join APC because he doesn’t have the values required to be a member.”

According to the PGF DG, the former aviation minister tried to manipulate some leaders of the APC but it was botched based on the ground of moral ethics and values.


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