Former president Goodluck Jonathan has formally met with the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress, behind closed doors in Abuja, apparently to clarify some grey areas regarding his candidacy.
According to the media, a source close to Jonathan said that the meeting, whose details were not made public, lasted between 9pm and 10 pm in a bid to sort out some grey issues regarding Jonathan’s bid to fly the party’s presidential flag in next year’s poll.
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We had earlier reported that Jonathan rejected a N100 million nomination form procured for him on Monday night by some Fulani pastoralists.
The confusion that trailed the purchase of the form for Jonathan were said to have arose because of the spirited efforts by his core loyalists in the People Democratic Party, PDP, to dissuade him from joining the APC and running on its platform, saying that such would be detrimental to opposition party and belittling of his image.
A reliable media source disclosed that Jonathan had concluded plans to accept the nomination form and meet with the APC leadership since Sunday morning but was strongly prevailed upon by those seen as his ‘inner caucus friends’ to shelve the move and remain in the PDP even without being active in the party.
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“These people have been pressurizing Jonathan until the very last minute not to accept to run on the APC ticket no matter how tempting the conditions may be. That was why the former president did not present himself to the APC National chairman on Sunday when the form was to be formally presented to him by the Almajiri who want to show him appreciation for what he did for them during his tenure by building schools and rehabilitating them,” the source said.
“The main argument of those opposed to Jonathan running on the APC ticket is that it would be belittling to his image and standing in the world for him to do so given where he had been and what he represents as a former president of Nigeria. But the point is that the deadline for picking the form is this week and if he does not accept the form, the window would be closed and the opportunity lost,” one source explained.
“That was why the former president had to meet Adamu last night and their meeting was very productive as both men came out happily at the end of the one-hour meeting in Adamu’s house in Abuja,” the source explained.
A close source confirmed last night that despite the statement rejecting the purchase of the presidential form, Jonathan was moving ahead with the plan to run on the APC ticket.
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