The All Progressives Congress, (APC), has denied a
widespread rumour that it was
planning to field former President Goodluck Jonathan as its
candidate in the 2023 presidential election.
There were reports last week
that some Northern governors
were working hard to ensure
the former president got APC
But the party clarified that
such story was not on its table,
stressing that it was the creation of some individuals.
Governor of Yobe State, Mai
Mala Buni, who is interim committee chair of the APC, told
the BBC Hausa Service
Wednesday that there was nothing like courtship in the
matter as politics was all about
He said: "Those peddling
such information are afraid.
But for now, there is nothing
in APC that has anything to
do with the aspiration for 2023.
"Even if someone wants to
base assumption on our recent
visit to him during his birthday, we were there because of
his status as a former President
"Again, even if there is nothing when we are talking of
peaceful coexistence, we must
give credit to former President
Jonathan on the issue of peace,
how he accepted defeat in 2015
and resigned to fate. That has
qualified him to be a statesman and he is now among our fathers.
Noting that it was customary to visit one another and
exchange pleasantries, Governor Buni said: "Our visit to
Jonathan was pronounced
because of his status as a
former president, that could be
why some may think there was
something beneath it.
''There are numerous number of such visits to leaders of
PDP, APC, why are others not
being mentioned but
Asked whether APC would
listen to Jonathan if he eventually indicate interest to contest 2023 presidency, Buni said
that would be a new discussion entirely.
"Even in America where we
got this democracy from, I've
not seen where people are being confined to a limit,'' he said.
Asked whether APC was still
indecisive on Jonathan, Buni
said: "You are talking of democracy and at the same time
talking of giving him. Don't forget even when President
Buhari went to revalidate party
membership in Daura, he said
it is the people at the
grassroots that will select leaders upwards, that no one
should expect to be crowned
''This has shown that in
APC now, it is from the lower
level upwards. Not that people
would be imposed from the
"Then who are we to say we
are considering Jonathan?
How? It has to be a party affair
and once it is a party affair,
then we are talking about the
people. So, we have nothing
like that in our agenda.
''What we have now and is
of importance to us is to ensure peace among party members and also to bring members of other political parties,
whichever party it might be.
Whoever wants should come
to APC. This is our plan for
now. We are yet to start talking about aspirants. We are
not in any discussion about