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2023 PRESIDENCY: JONATHAN MAKE U-TURN ON APC TICKET
Ex-president’s supporter dey buckle, move to di complete of nomination form before deadline
AFTER two hours of meeting di leaders and members of di Fulani community, wey procure di N100 million presidential nomination form for am, former President Goodluck Jonathan, dey consider to run on di ticket of di All Progressives Congress, AMEBOUPATE LEARN, authoritatively last night.
Di former president go met with di Fulani pastoralists between 11p.m for Monday and 1a.m for Tuesday to go sort out issues wey regard dia purchase of di presidential nomination form without his consent, one development, wey make am to reject di offer and he con denounce dose wey dey involved for di action.
“We wish to categorically state say Dr. Jonathan bin no dey aware of dis bid and he no authorize am,” Jonathan bin say for one statement by his media aid, wey be Ikechukwu Eze.
However, we learn say for di meeting with di Fulani community for Abuja, di leader of di team wey procured di form for am, Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, con apologiz to di former president and he con plead with am say make e pardon dia indiscretion and make he accept di offer to run.
Di pastoralists dey reported to don tell Jonathan say dem buy di form for am as a demonstration of their appreciation for di N60 billion investments e bin make for di Almajiris during im tenure for di form of schools and all di investment opportunities dem.
One source for di meeting point out say after e listen to di Fulani community, Jonathan con reluctantly accept dia plead to consider to go run for di APC ticket as suggest by dem and he promise to give dem feedback as soon as possible but he no however, give dem specific date.
Di former president also ask di Fulani community say make dem no embark on any political assignment on im behalf without first to clear with am, as per say his position for Nigeria and di international community.
Jonathan also tell di Fulani delegation say he dey uncomfortable to hear say dem purchase di nomination form for am just like any other person, an action, wey e consider as insult to his status as former president of Nigeria.
AMEBOUPDATE learn say majority of di inner caucus of di former president’s loyalists, wey don dey vehemently oppose his run for di APC platform, don dey gradually withdraw dia opposition to di idea and don give am di nod to go ahead.
As a result, some of di key loyalists dey reported to don join with di Fulani community to complete di APC presidential nomination form for Jonathan so he fit meet di deadline for di return of di document to di party secretariat for Abuja.
“I fit tell you say Jonathan’s loyalists dey cut across part lines and majority of dem don really dey encourage am to run for President. Dat na why some of dem dey help with di completion of di nomination form for di former president,” a reliable source talk.
“Di Fulani Group of 10 wey Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi lead talk say dem purchase di form out of di gladness of dia hearts as a way to pay back former president Jonathan, say he bin dey kind to dem while e Dey for office.
“Di Fulani community con dey talk say Jonathan build hundred of Almajiri schools during Im tenure and also he allocate di pastoralists cattle seed funds,” di source say.
It dey recalled say Jonathan don on Monday reject di nomination form wey dem present to am by di Fulani community and e even upbraided say dem insult am with dis action.
He, however, later meet with di National Chairman of di APC, wey Senator Abdullahi Adamu, for one move wey dem see as acceptance of di offer to take run for di ticket of di party, if dem give am dichance.
On a day wey di APC schedule di screening of aspirants dem to take begin on Friday after raking for N2.63 bn from di sale of presidential nomination forms, former President Jonathan’s move elicited mixed reactions for di polity.