2023: Jonathan Better In PDP, Says PGF DG
Amidst speculations that former President Goodluck Jonathan may defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged him not to consider the idea.
Director-general of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Lukman, who made the remark at the weekend noted that doing so would diminish his stature, either as an aspirant or a candidate for any office.
Recall that there have been permutations ahead of the 2023 general elections that Jonathan who had conceded defeat to President Muhamadu Buhari in 2015 is being wooed to contest the 2023 presidency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
But Lukman in a statement on Sunday argued that doing so by APC or any other political would mean that they want him to gamble away all his legendary achievements.
He said by conceding defeat in 2015 even before the final votes were counted, former President Jonathan ranked himself as one of those who fought and defended Nigeria’s democracy.
“Since the 2019 Bayelsa State Governorship election, when APC leaders met former President Goodluck Jonathan to lobby support for APC candidate, David Lyon, there have been speculations that he (former President Jonathan) will also be joining the APC.
“Some have even alleged that as part of the negotiation, former President Jonathan has already been offered the APC Presidential ticket for 2023. Assuming someone like former President Jonathan agrees to join the APC and he fails to emerge as the Presidential candidate of the party for the 2023 election, what will happen to him?
“It is sad enough that PDP leaders, being who they are, don’t recognise and respect former President Jonathan’s deservedly political stature. No doubt, every speculation about the possibility of former President Jonathan joining the APC has to do with the reality of being unappreciated by PDP leadership,” Lukman said.
According to him, “Negotiating to bring him into APC should not be based on aspiring for any office. It must be recognised that former President Jonathan, and indeed every former President, is beyond holding any office in the land. Bringing former Presidents to that level will amount to diminishing their political stature.
“Already, President Buhari is doing excellently well by delegating some high-profile diplomatic responsibilities to former President Jonathan”, the APC Chieftain stated.