Goodluck Jonathan has been reportedly seduced by All Progressive Congress to abandon the Peoples Democratic Party ship.
NEWS MAIL NG reports that reports have it that he is being promised the 2023 APC presidential ticket.
This has made the PDP leaders to go the former President to appeal to him to stay back in the party. They visited him in his Abuja residence on Tuesday, August 31.
The team was led by the Peoples Democratic Party’s acting Chairman, Yemi Akinwonmi. Others includes Daisi Akintan, former caretaker secretary of the PDP in the South-West and the secretary of ex-officio forum and a member of the National Executive Committee, Mrs Helen Taiwo, to visit Jonathan.
The three-member delegate appealed to Goodluck Jonathan to be more involved in party affairs, they also asked his views on how to find lasting solutions to the crisis rocking the party.
A source privy to the meeting told Punch “The South West team were with the former President to appeal to him not to abandon the party.
“They also appealed to him to show more than a passing interest in the affairs of the party by becoming more actively involved in the activities of the party. The former President assured the team that he would not abandon the party.”
This move could be in reaction to a comment made by a chieftain of the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP, Barr. Olusegun Bamgbose, who said that Goodluck Jonathan will defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC, soon.
Bamgbose told Daily Post: “The carrot they are dangling at him Is the possibility of handing over the APC presidential ticket to him. Jonathan has agreed in principle to cross over to APC before January 2022, he said quoting an insider in the former President’s camp.
“He has been brainwashed by some APC stalwarts that he is the most qualified Southerner to take over from Buhari, having honorably accepted defeat in 2015.
“They have been able to convince him that it’s time for payback for what he did in 2015.
“This is why Jonathan has not been showing any interest in the internal squabbles in his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
“Other things being equal, Jonathan will cross over to APC with a Governor, Senator to convince the APC that he is still politically relevant.
“APC has plans to unsettle PDP in order to politically neutralize them against 2023. It’s most likely that the PDP will break into factions soon.”