The Presidency has received the invitation by the newly-registered All Progressives Congress (APC) for President Goodluck Jonathan to join the party with joy, saying it was an acknowledgment of the president’s sterling leadership qualities.
APC interim national chairman, Chief Bisi Akande had at a press briefing yesterday at the party’s secretariat in Abuja said if President Jonathan ever got tired of the unending crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he was free to join the newly registered party.
But the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, who was speaking with State House correspondents today in Abuja, said the Presidency viewed the invitation as a compliment.
According to him, Chief Akande’s invitation has shown that leaders of the opposition party recognized the fact that Jonathan is presently the best man for the job.
Ruling out the possibility of President Jonathan joining the new party, Abati faulted the opposition party leaders for forming a party only to realise later that they do not have a candidate.
He said: “I think it (the APC’s invitation) is a compliment. What Chief Akande has said in essence is that President Jonathan is the best man for the job.
“They formed a party only to realise they don’t have a candidate. We thank him for his acknowledgment of the President’s leadership qualities, but he (the President) is happy where he is.
“We thank Chief Akande for his expression of confidence in President Jonathan’s credibility but the President is happy where he is, as a member and leader of the Peoples Democratic Party to which he remains loyal, and under the umbrella of which he is leading a transformation agenda for the betterment of the lives of Nigerians.”