Kawu Sumaila, a former Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, has said that those endorsing former President Goodluck Jonathan’s candidacy for the 2023 Presidential elections under the ruling All Progressives Congress are doing the party a disservice.
Jonathan had played his role and should be left alone, Kawu, a former three-term member of the House of Representatives, said in a statement on Wednesday, noting that the APC has candidates with better credentials from the southern part of the country.
Pushing for Jonathan to become the APC’s flag-bearer, according to the former federal lawmaker who also served as the President’s Senior Special Assistant on House of Representatives Matters, would mean the party had failed.
Kawu, who referred to Jonathan’s supporters as “enemies within,” said the APC has qualified and credible candidates from the south who can run for the party’s presidential nomination in 2023.
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“I don’t believe those pushing for Jonathan to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari under the banner of our great party wish the APC well.” Yes, Jonathan is a reformed democrat deserving of our praise. However, he had played his own part in the PDP. Nobody can take away Jonathan’s credit for conceding defeat as President and peacefully handing over power to the opposition. In fact, he is superior to some of the attendees at our gathering.
“However, as a party, we cannot say Jonathan should come pick our Presidential ticket when we have better candidates.” “That means we’ve failed,” he explained.