ormer Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Tuesday says former President Goodluck Jonathan would not be available for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to draft into the ruling party’s 2023 presidential race.
Saraki stated this on Tuesday shortly after leading members of the PDP reconciliation committee on a visit to the Abuja residence of the former president.
The meeting with Jonathan is following growing rapport between some leaders of the APC and the former president. This development has triggered controversy and speculations in the media that the ruling party might be courting Dr Jonathan for the 2023 presidential race.
Despite frequent meetings between Jonathan and the APC chieftains, the former president has continued to be non-committal in responding to questions about his rumoured moves to join the ruling party.
Speaking with journalists after the meeting, Saraki said those “disturbing” the former president into quitting the PDP should perish the thought as Jonathan remained a PDP man to the core.
He pointed out that Jonathan was unwavering in his commitment to see the PDP bounce back to national reckoning. He, therefore, assured that the former president would avail the PDP his experience, time, and resources to return it to power, particularly at the center.
“We are members of the national reconciliation and strategy committee set up by the party and part of our task is to meet with our former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
“We are starting off with our former President and we are here to let him know what our plans are and also to hear his own views and advice on what we need to do and how to do it as well as how we need to strengthen the party and reconcile aggrieved members in order to bring about unity and focus in our party.
“He is also ready to work with the reconciliation committee to play his own role. That is a great step for the party. We have put that behind us.
“All those people of the other party that would like to come and disturb our leaders. Our leaders are here and they are ready to work for the party,” Saraki said.