Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, met with former President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja on Tuesday as part of his consultations ahead of the 2023 elections.
Tinubu was accompanied by his running mate, Kashim Shettima; Dapo Abiodun, Governor of Ogun State; Bello Matawalle, Governor of Zamfara State; Abubakar Badaru, Governor of Jigawa State; Simon Lalong, Governor of Plateau State and Director-General of Tinubu/Shettima Campaign Organisation; and Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, Governor of Kwara State.
Although the meeting’s details were not made public, a source in Tinubu’s camp told our correspondent that the visit was an extension of the APC national leader’s consultation with major polity stakeholders ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
“No one should be surprised by his visit to Jonathan. “Tinubu holds no grudges against any political figure, whether within or outside the party,” he said.
According to the source, the former president was overjoyed to see them and was willing to consult on the APC presidential candidate’s ambition.
Tinubu’s private meeting with Jonathan followed his earlier visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Meanwhile, the APC National Working Committee denied on Tuesday that Tinubu and the party’s national chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, are at odds over his selection of Lalong and Festus Keyamo as Director-General and spokesperson for the APC presidential campaign.
Nze Duru, the party’s Deputy National Organising Secretary, dismissed the rumour of a rift between Adamu and the presidential candidate in a press conference on Tuesday at the party’s secretariat.
“There is no power struggle over positions,” he said. None of this has occurred. The party and the candidate are collaborating. But it’s worth noting that we agreed on DG and spokesman.
“The governors will be in charge of the structures in the zones.” The party cannot be excluded, and it will not exclude anyone. We will have an inclusive and welcoming campaign council. There is no strife anywhere. More importantly, the party chairman agreed on the DG and spokesman positions.”