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PDP leaders met Jonathan on Tuesday – Saraki says ex-President bent on seeing PDP return to power at the center

PDP leaders at ex-President Jonathan's Abuja residence

Former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has stated that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has no plans of leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He noted that Jonathan is focused on making sure the PDP returns to power at the center.

Saraki spoke on Tuesday after a brief meeting with ex-President Jonathan alongside other members of the PDP National Reconciliation and Strategy Committee at his residence in Abuja.

There are reports (not on NaijaBuzz.News) that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is planning on fielding Jonathan alongside Governor Nasir El-Rufai in 2023.

Saraki however ruled out Jonathan’s defection to the APC, saying that the alleged move by the APC to woo the ex-President will not see the light of the day.

Asked whether the meeting was about fielding Jonathan in 2023, Saraki said the meeting was about what role the former President will play ahead of 2023.

“We spoke about what role former Presidents like him will play and he left us feeling very happy that yes, he will like to play that role in the PDP and helping our committee to move forward,” he said.

“We are members of the national reconciliation and strategy committee set up by the party and part of our task is to meet with our former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

“We are starting off with our former President and we are here to let him know what our plans are and also to hear his own views and advice on what we need to do and how to do it as well as how we need to strengthen the party and reconcile aggrieved members in order to bring about unity and focus in our party.

“It was a very useful meeting. He gave us his views and we are very happy. He reassured all of us of his commitment to the PDP and he told us that he is still ready to offer his time, experience, and resources to strengthen the party and that is very strong and important for us.

“Of course, you know there are funny issues going on but we are leaving this place very happy. He is also ready to work with the reconciliation committee to play his own. That is a great step for the party. We have put that behind us all those people of the other party that would like to come and disturb our leaders. Our leaders are here and they are ready to work for the party.”

Other PDP heavyweights who were at the 2 hours meeting are; Former governors of Katsina, Gombe, and Cross Rivers states; Ibrahim Shema, Ibrahim Dankwambo, and Liyel Imoke are among those who attended.

Others are a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim; and erstwhile House of Representatives leader, Hon. Mulikat Adeola-Akande.

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