EXPOSED: Jonathan holds secret meeting with Buhari’s cabals, Mamman Daura to get 2023 ticket
A former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has met Mallam Mamman Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew and the leader of Aso Rock cabals over his presidential ambition.
A Northern coalition had purchased the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential nomination and expression of interest forms for the former President.
The forms were purchased days after Jonathan had asked his supporters to “watch out”, when he was asked if he would contest.
Jonathan was also said to have joined the Bayelsa chapter of the APC.
He is expected to contest the ruling party’s ticket with the likes of the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; Bola Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos; outgoing Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, now former Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, among others.
Though delegates of the ruling party are expected to pick a presidential candidate between May 29th and 30th, sources said the cabals are insisting on a consensus arrangement.
The consensus method will entail the President Buhari’s anointing of one of the aspirants, while the others simply step down for him as was done during the March 26 national convention of the APC, which produced Senator Abdullahi Adamu as the chairman.
In a bid to force the consensus method, the APC had introduced a controversial section in its forms for aspirants to sign that they would step down.
Sources said Jonathan was promised the automatic ticket of the party during his meeting with Daura and other cabal members.
It was further learnt that Buhari had also adopted him as the consensus candidate APC.
“The cabal members have convinced Buhari to back Jonathan. The President, some NWC members led by the chairman, Adamu, APC governors and other key leaders of the party would meet with all the presidential aspirants at the villa on Wednesday, May 25, 2022,” a presidential source said.
“During the meeting, Jonathan would be announced by the President as his adopted aspirant. The cabals said they don’t want Tinubu, Osinbajo or Amaechi.”