APC Governors To Jonathan: Don’t Be Deceived To Dump PDP Just For 2023

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The Progressives Governors’ Forum (PGF), has warned former President Goodluck Jonathan against allowing himself to be persuaded to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC), just for 2023 Presidential election, stressing that such move would be counterproductive by diminishing his political stature as an elder statesman.

Director General of the Forum, Salihu Lukman, who stated the position of the APC Governors against the backdrop of increasing speculations of the defection of Jonathan to the APC, warned that on no account should any political party be allowed to push former President Jonathan to diminish his stature, either as an aspirant or a candidate for any office.

Lukam explained that part of the reasons high-profile membership recruitments by political parties in Nigeria attract a lot of debate, attention, and controversy, is that it hardly comes without any ambition to contest election by those joining the party.

The PGF DG emphasized the need for Nigerians to as a matter of deliberate policy begin to take necessary steps to protect its leaders.

He said that dragging Jonathan out of the PDP would mean that some politicians want him to gamble away all his legendary achievements, adding that it is sad enough that PDP leaders, being who they are, don’t recognise and respect former President Jonathan’s deserved political stature.

In his words; “As APC members, we have campaigned against former President Jonathan in 2015. As President, former President Jonathan made every effort to block the emergence of APC in 2013.

“But those should not be the reference point. The reference point should be the historic decision of former President Jonathan to concede defeat in 2015 even before the final votes were counted.

“With that, former President Jonathan ranked himself as one of those who fought and defended Nigeria’s democracy.

“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.

“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.

“One of the failures of PDP is the inability to create responsibilities that can match the statures of former Presidents. Inability to create responsibilities for former Presidents is perhaps what accounts for the overbearing restlessness of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

“With President Buhari scheduled to end his tenure in 2023, less than two years away, negotiations to recruit former President Jonathan into APC must be used to settle the question of the roles of former Presidents within the APC.

“APC must not allow the situation to emerge whereby party leaders and members only respect elected and appointed functionaries,” he said.

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