Yobe State Governor and national caretaker chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mai Mala Buni has expressed that the party has no plan to field Goodluck Jonathan, former President of Nigeria in 2023.
Buni stated that Jonathan was not in the party’s agenda for the 2023 presidential race.
“You are talking of democracy and at the same time talking of giving him. Don’t forget even when President Buhari went to revalidate party membership in Daura, he said it is the people at the grassroots that will select leaders upwards; that no one should expect to be crowned from Abuja,” the Yobe governor said.
“This has shown that in APC now, it is from the lower level upwards. Not that people would be imposed from the top.
“Then who are we to say we are considering Jonathan? How? It has to be a party affair and once it is a party affair, then we are talking about the people. So, we have nothing like that in our agenda.”
Recall that some months ago, Buni led a delegation of APC to visit the former President.
Speaking on the purpose of the visit, Buni stated that there was “nothing beneath” the earlier visit to the former president.
“We must give credit to former President Jonathan on the issue of peace — how he accepted defeat in 2015 and resigned to fate. That has qualified him to be a statesman and he is now among our fathers,” he said.
“Our visit to Jonathan was pronounced because of his status as a former president; that could be why some may think there was something beneath.”