The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied speculations that it was planning to field former President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the 2023 Presidential Election on its platform.
Reports (not on NaijaBuzz.News) had it that the APC chieftains visit to Jonathan in 2020 was all part of a strategy to wooing him to contest in 2023.
Other reports alleged that the APC wants Jonathan to contest and serve a single term of four years after which power will return to the north.
However, the Chairman of the APC National Caretaker Committee, Governor Mala Buni, denied the specualtions during an interview with the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation.
“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.”
Governor Buni further noted that it was customary for politicians to visit one another and exchange pleasantries.
“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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