Goodluck Jonathan Joins APC In Bayelsa State - Source

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Barely 24 hours after distancing himself from the nomination form bought for him by a northern group, former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has reportedly joined the All Progressives Congress.

Jonathan opened and denied knowledge of the form bought by the Fulani group on May 9.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported, quoting his aides, that Jonathan visited APC Chairman Abdullahi Adamu to distance himself from the purchase.

President Jonathan voting today in Bayelsa
President Jonathan

NAN cited a source close to Jonathan's camp that the former President has made up his mind to regain the power he lost to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

According to the source who allegedly pleaded anonymity, Jonathan has formally joined APC in Otuoke Ward in Bayelsa.

It is claimed that Jonathan would submit the completed forms bought for him on Thursday; NAN quoted the same source.

the source revealed, "Several bigwigs of the party have also been calling Jonathan to pledge their loyalty and support to the former president."

The former President has reportedly gathered 370 signatures across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

There are also reports that African leaders are calling Jonathan "to contest the election in the interest of Nigeria."

"At least three top African leaders called the former President on the matter. They all urged him to run.

"One of them specifically told him that it didn't make sense travelling all over Africa settling disputes only to shy away from leadership responsibility in his home country.

"Another reminded him of the implication of failing to put the experiences he garnered as a former Nigerian president and as a continental statesman to good use," the source added but did not mention the names of the African leaders.

Mr Jonathan, a former member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, lost to the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, in 2015.

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