PDP leaders meet Jonathan amid plans to defect to APC

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The National Reconciliation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by former Senate President Bukola Saraki has with ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

This was part of efforts to resolve the internal crisis within the party. The party last year appointed former Senate President, Bukola Saraki to head its national reconciliation committee.

The committee also has one-time Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim, and ex-governor of Cross River State Liyel Imoke as members. Other members of the committee include former Gombe Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo; ex-Katsina Governor Ibrahim Shema and Hon. Mulikat Akande.

Saraki announced the meeting on his verified Twitter handle, @bukolasaraki on Tuesday afternoon.

Last year, top shots of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were jittery over former President Goodluck Jonathan’s meeting with some chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), including Governors.

“As part of our efforts to listen to the concerns of key stakeholders across our great party, this afternoon, the @OfficialPDPNig Reconciliation & Strategy Committee is meeting with our immediate past President, H.E. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (@GEJonathan),” Saraki tweeted.

Saraki had assured that the committee would embark on genuine reconciliation in order to strengthen the party structures across the nation.

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Although the All Progressives Congress (APC) has refuted the claim that it is planning to make the former president its candidate in 2023, reports on such move have been flying around.

Some of Jonathan’s allies, especially in Bayelsa, where he hails from, have been pushing him for the 2023 election.

Jonathan’s kinsman from Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and pro-democracy advocate, Comrade Wisdom Ikuli, told Daily Trust that the former president is very eligible to contest the 2023 presidential election and that most Nigerians are yearning for his return.