The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that former President Goodluck Jonathan can contest the next Presidential elections in 2023 if he joins the party.
The National Secretary, APC Caretaker, and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee, John Akpanudoedehe, stated this while featuring as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday.
He revealed this when asked about reports saying Jonathan is considering joining the ruling party.
Akpanudoedehe said the ex-president will be given a founding member status if he joins the party that defeated his party, Peoples Democratic Party in 2015 and got him out of office.
The APC official, however, noted that Jonathan would compete with other members of the party before getting the ticket, stressing that he will not get an automatic ticket.
Akpanudoedehe said, “I am hearing that for the first time that we are expecting the former President. That will be great news. We will welcome him; that will also strengthen the party.
“The last National Executive Council of the party actually gave a blanket approval to any individual that if you join APC today, it is as if you are a founding member of the party.
“So, anyone who joins today has the same opportunity to run for any office in this party. It has always been so, so I am not speculating,” he added.
There have been reports that Jonathan would join the APC but the PDP has insisted that the former President would not be leaving the party.