- The rumours that the APC may adopt Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as its consensus candidate has irked one of the support groups in the party
- The group, APC North-South Patriotic Coalition, said any attempt to impose the former president on the party will lead to defeat
- The coalition also said party chieftains pushing for Jonathan as the APC candidate do not love Nigeria
FCT, Abuja - A support group of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the APC North-South Patriotic Coalition (ANSPAC), has warned against imposing former President Goodluck Jonathan as the consensus candidate at the May 30 presidential primary.
The group, during a protest march to the party secretariat in Abuja on Thursday, May 5 predicted that the party would be heading for defeat if Jonathan emerges as the party’s flag bearer for 2023.
Armed with anti-Jonathan placards, the group stormed the party secretariat, temporarily affecting human and vehicular movements in and around the premises.
In a letter to the APC national chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu read to newsmen during the protest, the leader of the group, Alhaji Toyin Rahim, described Jonathan’s project as dead on arrival as he argued that the brand cannot help the party to retain power.
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The Nation newspaper quoted him as saying:
“One of the most telling negative implications of such an action is that the APC does not have anyone of electoral value who can win the election for us except we smuggle in a former president we defeated seven years ago for his glaring incompetence as president.
“In APC today there are presidential aspirants with credible pedigrees and humongous electoral value and capacity.
“It is not only unnecessary to smuggle Jonathan into our great party, but it is also self-indicting and means that our party’s performance in office has been worse than an administration that Nigerians thoroughly rejected and voted APC in 2015.
“It will also be an indictment against President Muhammadu Buhari by making Nigerians believe that we lied to them when we said Jonathan performed woefully and that our dear president would do better.”
2023: Former Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun joins presidential race
In a related development, a former governor of Ogun state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun recently joined the 2023 presidential race under the platform of the ruling APC.
Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, made this known during plenary in the red chambers on Wednesday, May 27.
Dr. Lawan read a letter of notification from the senator representing Ogun Central Senatorial District, announcing his intention to contest for the office of the president.
2023: Group holds rally in Abuja, calls for transparent presidential primary
Meanwhile, the APC Youth Development and Solidarity Forum recently tasked the party’s new leadership to consolidate on its rancour-free national convention to conduct a free and fair presidential primary.
To stand a chance at next year’s general elections, the group said the Senator Abdullahi Adamu-led executives must ensure that the party parades its most popular aspirant as a presidential candidate.
The forum made this known at a one-day rally in Abuja on Thursday, April 14 to congratulate Senator Abdullahi Adamu and his team.