Protesters storm APC national secretariat to demand Goodluck Jonathan be consensus candidate
Hundreds of protesters, on Friday, stormed the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja to demand that former President Goodluck Jonathan be chosen as its consensus presidential candidate.
Jonathan who handed over to Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, continues to be linked with a possible power bid under the ruling party in 2023.
A Fulani group had purchased the party’s N100 million Presidential nomination forms for him.
Although he failed to turn up for the party’s screening of Presidential aspirants, his supporters are still insisting on him running.
On Friday, they protested to the party’s headquarters in Abuja asking that he be adopted as the consensus candidate ahead of the party’s presidential primary scheduled for Monday.
Addressing reporters in front of the APC secretariat in Abuja, Umar Waja, speaking on behalf of the group, said Jonathan would steer the country to the “promised land” if elected president.
“We are calling on President Buhari and the national working committee (NWC) under the distinguished leader of senator Abdullahi Adamu to adopt Goodluck Jonathan as their consensus candidate for the betterment of this country,” Waja said.
“We saw what he did during the last six years when he was piloting the affairs of this country. We need him at this crucial time because Nigeria needs to be united and we believe that he will be the only person that will unite this country so that he will take us to the promised land to where we ought to be and where we should be.
“Mr President has made it clear that as far the governors are concerned they have adopted their own concept of bringing out their successors so they should also allow him to bring his successor that is why we want Mr President to bring in Jonathan as consensus candidate.
“At this crucial time, we know Jonthan will lead this country very well. If Jonathan is the consensus candidate, he will win the election convincingly.”
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