Jonathan Is A Registered Member of APC — Ward Chairman Opens Up
Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s membership in the All Progressives Congress has been confirmed (APC).
A source in Jonathan’s camp previously verified to our correspondent that the former Nigerian leader has registered his membership with the ruling party in his Otuoke Ward in Bayelsa.
However, the state APC chairman, Dennis Otiotio, stated that Jonathan is not a member of the party and that he may only join if the party’s national chairman, Adamu Abdullahi, grants him a waiver.
Igori Freeman, the chairman of the APC in Bayelsa State’s Ward 13, Ogbia Local Government Area, has verified that Jonathan is a member of the governing party.
Jonathan deserted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and registered with the party in 2019, Freeman stated in an interview with Newsmen on Thursday.
According to Freeman, the former leader joined the APC shortly after the state’s governorship election in 2019.
“I know too well that Jonathan registered with APC, but registration is not about publishing to the whole world. The register was with me, it was not only him that registered during that period, some dignitaries from PDP also registered with APC after David Lyon’s victory during the 2019 governorship election.
“You can go to the state Chairman and ask him if the ward Chairman believe that Jonathan registered with the party, we have finished with the registration, so I can’t give detail now because I returned all the data after everything. Meet the party Chairman, Chief Dennis Otiotio for more clarification,” he said.
President Jonathan rejected the party’s candidacy form secured for him by an alliance of northern herders just days before.
In a statement sent by his spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, the former president stated that he had no ties to the Fulani gang that purchased presidential forms in his name.