Some political leaders from the north are seriously plotting to draft ex-president Goodluck Jonathan into the 2023 presidential election. From information available to AIF Media, GEJ has already agreed to run. And he will run under the platform of APC.
Except there are political maneuvering, former President Goodluck Jonathan will emerge APC candidate in 2023. This is how the game is playing out.
Those who want Jonathan are northern leaders who are afraid of what will become of north if power goes to the south in 2023. They are concerned that the north is in total disarray especially on the issue of security despite being in total control of power since 2015. They are afraid that it could get worse if power rotates to south from 2023.
They therefore want a Jonathan president who has only 4 years. They want a situation where power will return to north faster, in case the situation after president Buhari’s administration begins to get out of hand. Those in support of this Jonathan agenda are powerful. They have succeeded in hijacking APC.
Akelicious gathered that when they met with Jonathan, the Otuoke man raised some concerns. He told them that there was no way he could get APC ticket with the current party structure. The APC structure was believed to be domiciled in Lagos. The Bourdillon is in charge of the full register of APC members and if such is not addressed, the presidential primaries of APC will be dicey.
After expressing his fears, they promised to address them before he joins APC. This is why the tenure of the Caretaker Committee was extended to enable them dismantle the hold of Bourdillon on APC and assuage the fears of GEJ.
Part of the plot being executed presently is the dissolution of all APC ward, LGA, state and zonal executives. The dissolution is to ensure that the majority of the new structures of the party is not pro Bourdillon.
The waiver for the new members to contest elections in APC in 2023 is also part of the soft landing for Jonathan, though other defectors like gov Umahi will also benefit but those who pushed for it and got it done were those pushing for Jonathan 2023.
Meanwhile, there are also a small group within the northern APC who are pushing for Umahi 2023 project. Those in the Umahi camp believed that it is a president from igbo extraction that can restore the unity of Nigeria. They are only afraid that Umahi will go for 8 years.
However, it is believed that Jonathan presidential conspiracy will not work. It is southeast or nothing. Jonathan must not allow himself to be used against Ndigbo. If he does, he will regret it.
Next will be on how the Bourdillon plans to fight back.