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2023 Presidency: APC governors meet ex-president Jonathan in Abuja

The purpose of the meeting remains unclear but information gathered suggests the “2023 permutations are taking shape”.

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Governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday in Abuja, held a private meeting with ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, according to The Cable.

Newsheadline247 understands there was no single member of the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the said meeting.

Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State who is the current acting national chairman of the APC, led the delegate to Jonathan’s residence in the Federal Capital Territory.

Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi, who recently dumped PDP for APC, the chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State; and Abubakar Badaru, governor of Jigawa, were at the meeting, the report disclosed.

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Also in the team was Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, former presidential liaison officer to the national assembly.

The purpose of the meeting remains unclear but information gathered suggests the “2023 permutations are taking shape”.

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Jonathan, a former governor of Bayelsa State, became the President of Nigeria in  following the death of his boss, Musa Yar, Adua

He was subsequently elected president in 2011 but lost to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 in the bid for a second term.

According to the constitution, Jonathan is still qualified to run having only spent one term of four years in office.

About a year ago, Governors Badaru and Bagudu had coincidentally visited Jonathan at his at his Otuoke residence in Bayelsa.

They visited the former president to thank him for his support in the victory of David Lyon, the APC candidate in the 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa.

Lyon was eventually sacked by the Supreme Court while Douye Diri of the PDP was declared the winner of the governorship poll.

In the same vein, Former senate president, Ken Nnamani, and some APC leaders also on Friday visited Jonathan in commemoration of his 63rd birthday.

During the visit, the leaders held a private meeting with the ex-president which was held after the Northern Governors’ Forum congratulated Jonathan on his birthday.

The Northern Governors Forum had sent warm felicitations to him on his birthday.

Chairman of the forum and governor of Plateau, Simon Lalong, in a statement, said the former president has continued to serve the country with zeal and commitment.

He described Jonathan as a true democrat whose “passion for the growth of democracy is reflected not only in his records while in office but also of his current engagements where he has travelled round the world to monitor elections and also engage with stakeholders”.

Lalong also saluted the former president’s patriotism and dedication to the unity, peace and development of Nigeria as well as offering counsel on various issues.

He asked him to remain focused on his life of service that has brought honour and goodwill to Nigeria.

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