The All Progressives Congress (APC), while reacting to speculations that former president Goodluck Jonathan was planning to defect to APC from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said it will be great news if the former president joins the party.
This was disclosed by the party’s Interim National Secretary, John Akpanudoedehe, on “Politics Today” a Channels Television program, aired on Wednesday.
Mr. Akpanudoedehe said Mr. Jonathan will be given a founding member status if he decides to join the party and push for the 2023 presidential ticket of the ruling party like others.
“I am hearing that for the first time that we are expecting the former President. That will be great news. We will welcome him; that will also strengthen the party.
“The last National Executive Council of the party actually gave a blanket approval to any individual that if you join APC today, it is as if you are a founding member of the party,” he said.
His spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, however, described the speculation as “fake news”.
The acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Yemi Akinwonmi, on September 31, led a delegation of party leaders to visit ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan, in his Abuja residence.
Those on Akinwonmi’s delegation were Daisi Akintan, former caretaker secretary of the PDP in the South-West and the secretary of ex-officio forum and a member of the National Executive Committee, Mrs Helen Taiwo.
Although the three-member team met with the former President behind closed doors, it was gathered that the visit was designed to acquaint Jonathan with current happenings within the party and seek his advice on how best to find an amicable solution to the crisis.
A source privy to the meeting said, “The South West team were with the former President to appeal to him not to abandon the party.
They also appealed to him to show more than a passing interest in the affairs of the party by becoming more actively involved in the activities of the party. The former President assured the team that he would not abandon the party.”