The Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi, has described the move by some political hawks in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to draft former president Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s presidential flagbearer in the 2023 election as “ironic and self-indicting”.
Newsbreak reports that according to Prof. Abdullahi, the ploy is an admission of failure by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
“What an irony! These are people, who kicked out a president for various reasons and here they are now admitting that they have failed and that they were wrong in kicking Jonathan out of office in 2015 and so, they are now asking him to come and help them.
“Isn’t that the irony of the whole thing? Here I am saying, ‘you have failed and I kicked you out,’ and then after some time I say, ‘I beg you, come back and take over, I am sorry for kicking you out in the first place.’ That is the meaning of the whole thing,” Vanguard on Wednesday quotes Prof Abdullahi as saying.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national publicity secretary, Debo Ologunagba, said the party will not react to speculations on whether the former President will defect or not.
“We are not going to say anything for now. As far as we know, the former President has not defected. He has not said he would defect. Until he defects, the PDP won’t react because we don’t treat rumours or insinuations. We deal with facts,” he said.