By our reporter| The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on Thursday confirmed that former President Goodluck Jonathan is a registered member of the ruling party.
A group called Nomadic Pastoralists and the Almajiri Communities led by one Ibrahim Abdullahi picked up the forms on Jonathan’s behalf on Monday.
Jonathan’s Media Adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, in a statement later that day said the said form was not bought by his principal.
But the chairman of APC in Ogbia ward 13, Mr. Igori Freeman, told a national publication on Thursday that Jonathan registered with the party immediately after the short-lived victory of David Lyon, the APC candidate in the 2019 governorship election in the state. The Supreme Court had voided the election, paving way for the PDP.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday quoted sources as saying Jonathan had accepted to contest the 2023 election under APC.
According to the agency, Jonathan was expected to submit his expression of interest and nomination forms at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja, on Thursday.
The report added that some influential African leaders had advised Jonathan “to contest the election in the interest of Nigeria”.
“At least three top African leaders called the former president on the matter. They all urged him to run. One of them specifically told him that it didn’t make sense travelling all over Africa settling disputes only to shy away from leadership responsibility in his home country,” NAN quoted the source to have said.