- Former president Goodluck Jonathan has met with the All Progressives Congress national chairman
- Jonathan met Senator Abdullahi Adamu after some Fulani group purchased the APC's nomination forms form him
- According to report, Jonathan met the APC chairman to clarify some grey areas regarding his candidacy
Former president Goodluck Jonathan has formally met with the national chairman of the ruling All progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja.
According to Vanguard Newspaper, this is apparently to clarify some grey areas regarding his candidacy.
Jonathan, who was reported to have rejected a N100 million nomination form procured for him by some Fulani pastoralists, later met behind closed doors in Adamu’s house.
A source close to the former president said that the meeting, whose details were not made public, lasted between 9pm and 10 pm.
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The newspaper reported further that Jonatahn had concluded plans to accept the nomination form and meet with the APC leadership since Sunday morning but was strongly prevailed upon by those seen as his ‘inner caucus friends’ to shelve the move and remain in the PDP even without being active in the party.
The source was quoted to have said:
“These people have been pressurizing Jonathan until the very last minute not to accept to run on the APC ticket no matter how tempting the conditions may be. That was why the former president did not present himself to the APC National chairman on Sunday when the form was to be formally presented to him by the Almajiri who want to show him appreciation for what he did for them during his tenure by building schools and rehabilitating them,” the source said.
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“The main argument of those opposed to Jonathan running on the APC ticket is that it would be belittling to his image and standing in the world for him to do so given where he had been and what he represents as a former president of Nigeria. But the point is that the deadline for picking the form is this week and if he does not accept the form, the window would be closed and the opportunity lost,” one source explained.
“That was why the former president had to meet Adamu last night and their meeting was very productive as both men came out happily at the end of the one-hour meeting in Adamu’s house in Abuja."
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Meanwhile, Nigerians have called on him not to near the 2023 presidential election. Recall that a group of supporters of Fulani extraction and Almajiris led by Ibrahim Abdullahi picked the expression of interest and nomination forms for the former president.
Following this, Nigerians have come on social media to appeal to the former president not to make attempt to contest the presidency. Others have also lambasted him over the move.
Though Jonathan through his media adviser, Ikechukwu Ezehas rejected the presidential form purchased for him, insisting that he did not authorise the purchase, photos of him meeting with the national chairman of the ruling party Senator Abdullahi Adamu, is an indication that things can still change.