- One of the media aides of President Buhari, Bashir Ahmad, claimed ex-President Jonathan has defected from the PDP to the APC
- The presidential aide made the claim following the reports of a northern group buying the APC presidential form for Jonathan
- Though Jonathan has not reacted to the defection claim, he has said the APC presidential form was bought without his consent
Ahmad said this in a tweet sighted by Legit.ng on Monday night, May 9.
"So Goodluck Jonathan has dumped the opposition PDP and now member of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC)."
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The former president has, however, not officially announced he is defecting to the APC or any other party.
Legit.ng notes that the presidential aide posted the tweet shortly after a coalition of Northern groups purchased the APC presidential nomination form for Jonathan.
Sporting fez caps with the inscription ‘run Jonathan run’, members of the coalition had said Jonathan is the most qualified to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
However, a new report emerging from TheCable indicates that the former president said he has no link to the northern coalition that purchased the presidential nomination and express of interest forms of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for him.
In a statement issued on Monday night by Ikechukwu Eze, his spokesman, the former president said he didn’t authorise the purchase.
Serving governor paid: Details of how APC presidential form was bought for Jonathan emerge
Meanwhile, the APC has received N100 million for the presidential form of ex-President Jonathan.
It was gathered that a serving governor credited APC Collection Account domiciled with Heritage Bank with the N100 million. The account number of the party with the commercial bank was stated as 5600007616.
Heritage Bank, in a letter dated May 9, 2022 notified APC of the receipt of the amount. The letter was titled, ‘Notification of Credit Into Account: All Progressives Congress (APC) Collections Account: 5600007616’.