The All Progressives Congress (APC), has said former president, Goodluck Jonathan, will be allowed to contest for the Presidency in 2023 if he decides to join the party.
John Akpanudoedehe, national secretary of the APC caretaker committee, said this in a chat with Channels Television on Wednesday.
Akpanudoedehe stated that the ex-president joining the ruling APC “will be great news” to “strengthen the party”.
The party’s national secretary noted that Jonathan will be given the opportunity to contest for the office of the president in 2023 under the umbrella of the party, just like any other individual who is interested in the office.
“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,” Akpanudoedehe said.
“The last National Executive Council (NEC) of the party actually gave blanket approval to any individual that if you join APC today, it is as if you are a founding member of the party.
“So, anyone who joins today has the same opportunity to run for any office in this party. It has always been so, so I am not speculating.”
On Wednesday, a report went viral on social media that Jonathan had indicated interest in joining the APC from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
However, his spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, described the report as “Fake News”.
“The report is Fake News, if he defects it would be announced through the proper Channels.”