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How Amaechi’s factor crumbled APC plot to draft in Jonathan into 2023 presidential race



Fresh insights into the jostling for the All Progressives Congress, APC 2023 presidential ticket have revealed how the plot to project and draft former President Goodluck Jonathan into the party’s 2023 presidential race collapsed.

The collapse of the Jonathan plot ostensibly pushed by some elements in the leadership of the party with the intention of taking over power from him in 2027 came against the background of whispers that projecting Jonathan would further humiliate Transportation Minister Chibuke Amaechi.

Meanwhile, despite claims of gains made by canvassers for Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, it was gathered that two unusual political camps in the APC were already set to work against him.

The two camps include close aides of the president who have not forgiven him for supposedly overreaching himself while serving as acting president and the camp of his erstwhile political benefactor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

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Sources privy to the move to project Dr. Jonathan as the APC presidential candidate in 2023 disclosed that the plot was indeed real with associates of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami  allegedly working together with two northwest governors and one Northeast governor to actualize the campaign.

The APC chieftains, it was gathered, had also recruited a close associate of Dr. Jonathan’s from Kebbi State who served in his government to marshall the plan.

However, despite the influence of the group in the party and their privileged walk-in opportunity to the villa, the plot was said to have collapsed on further interrogation.

Among the issues raised in killing the Jonathan plot was the notable question of convincing Nigerians to buy a product that was thoroughly abused eight years ago.

“How do we go back to Nigerians to tell them that this man we said was not good in 2015, is now good? How do we sell him,” a source privy to one of the governors disclosed to Saturday Vanguard.

Another consideration was the Amaechi factor. It was gathered that a school of thought within the presidency was strongly against the Jonathan candidacy on the claim that it would be unconscionable given the role played by Amaechi in enthroning President Muhammadu Buhari in power.

In canvassing Buhari for the presidency in 2015 that Amaechi was loathed in many parts of the South-South for betraying his ‘brother’.

“So, how do you look Amaechi in the face and tell him that you are presenting Jonathan who he opposed to bring Buhari,” the source quipped. That was against the background of the continuing hope by the Amaechi camp for the 2023 presidential ticket.

Noting how Amaechi’s proxy, Dr. Dakuku Peterside was denied a second term as director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA the source said that projecting Jonathan would have been too much for Amaechi to take.

Another source privy to the Jonathan plot to field him as the APC presidential ticket in 2023 disclosed that the former president became disenchanted with the PDP after the opposition party continued to ignore him both in Bayelsa and at the national level.

At a meeting to ponder the option of his return to power last December attended by youth activists from the six geopolitical zones in Yenagoa, attendees were told of how the PDP had continued to humiliate the former president.

“We were told that the PDP could not consider giving him (Jonathan) a slot to fill either in the Bayelsa or even at the national level,” the source who was present at the strategic meeting of youths disclosed.



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