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2023: Jonathan is staunch PDP man, won’t join APC —Saraki

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The immediate-past President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki has dispelled rumours that the former president, Goodluck Jonathan will be drafted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2023 presidential race.

Dr. Saraki assured party faithfuls that Jonathan is a staunch member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and won’t join the ruling party.

Saraki said this on Tuesday after he led members of the PDP reconciliation committee on a visit to the Abuja residence of the former president.

Speaking with journalists after the meeting, Saraki said: “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.”

Describing the meeting with Jonathan as “very productive”, he noted:

“It was a very useful meeting. He gave us his views and we are very happy.

“He reassured all of us of his commitment to the PDP and he told us that he is still ready to offer his time, experience and resources to strengthen the party and that is very strong and important for us.

“Of course, you know there are funny issues going on but we are leaving this place very happy”, he added.

Other members that accompanied Saraki to the meeting included former governors Ibrahim Shema of Katsina, Liyel Imoke of Cross River, and Ibrahim Dankwabo of Gombe.

Others are former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim and a former House of Reps Leader, Mulikat Adeola-Akande.

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