Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan Resigns From PDP
Former president Goodluck Jonathan has clandestinely resigned his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party, a bigwig of the opposition has said.
Sule Lamido, former two-term governor of Jigawa state, made this known in an interview.
Lamido hinged his assertion on the conspicuous absence of Jonathan at major national events of the party.
“I doubt it; he has not been attending recent activities of our party,” Lamido opined while answering questions on Jonathan’s party membership in an interview with the BBC.
Jonathan defection is a long time coming
Jonathan has kept an unusual distance from the party, a move that reach its crescendo after his absence at the party’s October 2021 national convention where Iyoricha Ayu was elected national chairman.
His absence from the party’s convention raised questions about his commitment to the it and affirmed the misgivings many had harboured about his half-hearted association with it.
Prior to that, there’s a pervasive speculation, that the former president might be President Buhari’s choice to succeed him in the forthcoming 2023 elections.
Jonathan has not refuted or confirmed the many conjectures about his defection or otherwise.
Jonathan lost his reelection to Mr Buhari and went ahead to concede defeat, he would go on to extend a rather surreal and historical bipartisan friendship to the president, frequently visiting Mr Buhari and holding private meetings.
Jonathan has spent his time after office mediating in political conflicts across Africa and has not declared to be running in 2023 but the All Progressive Congress (APC) has said it would not deny him its platform if he wishes to contest in the elections.
Goodluck Jonathan Joins APC