By Remi Adebayo
Against early Wednesday morning widespread rumoured defection into the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) by Nigeria’s former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, AbujaCityJournal authoritatively gathered that the Bayelsa-born ex-president has not joined the APC.
An aide of the former president who did not want to be named on Wednesday, described the report as ‘untrue’.
“I was with him throughout yesterday (Tuesday) and we parted around 3:30pm. All the former President was concerned about now is his Foundation and how to preserve and promote democracy at home and in Africa. He has not joined the APC,” he said.
Asked if there were plans or talks in that regards, the source noted that although anything can happen in politics, he however stated that such plans are not in the ex-president’s mind as far as he knew.
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State who is also an aide of Governor Douye Diri while responding to AbujaCityJournal’s enquiry, simply said; “I’m not aware; I don’t believe it’s true though.”
Most Nigerians woke up on Wednesday to the report that Jonathan had dumped the PDP.
There have been insinuations lately in some quarters that some supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari are clamouring for the return of the Otuoke-born former leader to succeed the president in 2023.
Promoters of Jonathan, this newspaper reliably gathered are of the opinion that with him, the APC’s pledge to return power to the South could be delivered with someone with Jonathan, who will not have a renewable term after four years and then, power can then return to the North to satisfy the four years the region allegedly lost to the demise of Jonathan’s former boss, late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
If the former leader has accepted this offer is what cannot be confirmed now.