Contrary to reports that immediate past president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, is out of the race for the presidential ticket of the ruling All progressives Congress, APC, as a result of he did not show up to pick his nomination form, it was gathered yesterday that he is still in the race.
Resources stated he submitted his expression of interest and nomination to the party. Although, party leaders may no longer know if he Jonathan has left the Peoples Democratic, PDP, for the APC.
Some leaders of the PDP, led via Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, early within the week, met Jonathan to persuade him to stay within the PDP and attend the party’s presidential convention on Saturday.
The move to incorporate Jonathan in the race, last night, was partly responsible for the much-postponed screening of APC presidential aspirants.
Apart for the problem of elevating a seven-man screening committee to be chaired via the National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the panel needs to be given an inventory of aspirants to be screened.
It was also gathered that the bid by some powerful Northern political leaders to draft Jonathan into the presidency of Nigeria in 2023 is gaining momentum, with the endorsement of the idea by a cross-section of Northern political stakeholders.
Vanguard however learned last night that although the idea has been pushed to President Muhammadu Buhari by his henchmen, he has neither rejected nor openly endorsed it as of the time of writing this report.
The former president is said to have made some contacts with some powerful persons close to the president, who are also pushing the agenda to secure him the APC ticket.
The source said: “There have been a series of political stakeholders’ engagements and many more are still being held in a bid to finalise the details of the process and we are confident Jonathan will emerge the candidate of the party.
“Although there have been some back and forth developments relating to the project, there is clear hope now since the necessary contacts have been made and are still being made to advance the cause of the former Nigerian leader.
“The former president is likely to get the ticket of the APC largely because the majority of the stakeholders and supporters of other presidential aspirants are on his side, having seen and known that their principals will not be able to make it.”