We Are Not Planning To Field Jonathan In 2023 – APC

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We Are Not Planning To Field Jonathan In 2023 - APC - Vantage News Nigeria
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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed speculations that the party is planning to field former President Goodluck Jonathan as its presidential candidate in the 2023 election.

It was rumoured that some Northern Governors were working towards making Jonathan contest for a single term of four years so that power will return to the north afterwards.

Speaking in an interview with the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation on Wednesday, Yobe State Governor, and Interim National Chairman of the APC, Mai Mala Buni, denied the report.

He said, “Those peddling such information are afraid. But for now, there is nothing in the APC that has anything to do with the aspiration for 2023.

“Even if someone wants to base his assumption on our recent visit to him during his birthday, we were there to pay respects to him in his capacity as a former President of Nigeria.

“Again, even if there is nothing, when we are talking of peaceful coexistence, we must give credit to former President Jonathan on the issue of peace. How he accepted defeat in 2015 and resigned to fate. That has qualified him to be a statesman and he is now among our fathers.”

He said there is nothing wrong to visit former leaders, adding that the party has visited many other top political leaders.

Buni said, “Our visit to Jonathan was pronounced because of his status as a former president. That could be why some may think there was something beneath.

“There are numerous such visits to leaders of PDP, APC. Why are others not being mentioned but Jonathan?”

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