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APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by Gjrich(m): 8:27am On Feb 15
APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - Sahara Reporters

The All Progressives Congress is considering giving a joint ticket to former President Goodluck Jonathan and Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, for the 2023 presidential election.

Top sources within the party told SaharaReporters that Jonathan is being considered as a strong voice in the southern region, while El-Rufai is being packaged to represent northern interests and later become the president when the presidency is again zoned to the North.

"There are plans already to pair El-Rufai with Jonathan for 2023. We believe both forces are strong and have goodwill in their regions and are good for the party," one of the sources confirmed to SaharaReporters.

It was learnt that there had been pressure on Jonathan, to defect to the All Progressives Congress and run for president in 2023 on the ruling party's platform.

Some APC chieftains, including governors, had visited Jonathan at his Abuja residence last November on his 63rd birthday.

The APC team's visit was led by the Chairman Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee, who is also the acting national chairman of the party, Governor Mai Mala Buni.

Other members of the delegation include David Umahi, Ebonyi State governor, who recently defected from the PDP to the APC; Atiku Bagudu, Kebbi State governor, who is also the chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum; Abubakar Badaru, Jigawa State governor; Chief Ken Nnamani, a former Senate President; and Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, ex-presidential liaison office to the National Assembly.

The APC leadership visit to Jonathan had generated speculations, which SaharaReporters have confirmed to be more than a friendly visit or a courtesy call on a former president.

It was learnt that the visit was a continuation of the APC scheme to woo Jonathan to the party by a caucus in the party that feels more comfortable to have the ex-President in power than the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu.

Buni had denied that the APC was looking in the direction of Jonathan, saying, "Those peddling such information, they are afraid.

"Even if someone wants to base assumption on our recent visit to him during his birthday, we were there because of his capacity as a former President of Nigeria.

"Again, even if there is nothing when we are talking of peaceful coexistence, we must give credit to former President Jonathan on the issue of peace; how he accepted defeat in 2015 and resigned to fate. That has qualified him to be a statesman, and he is now among our fathers."

On whether the APC would accept Jonathan should he indicate interest, Buni had said, "Even in America where we got this democracy, I've not seen where people are being confined to a limit."

Sources, however, told SaharaReporters that Jonathan had surprised the northern elite and the APC northern cabals by his disposition to the Muhammadu Buhari presidency despite all the dirt and campaign of calumny thrown at him and the PDP before the 2015 presidential election, which gave Buhari an unprecedented victory over an incumbent.

It was learnt that some APC cabal had also been impressed that despite the Buhari government's glaring failure, Jonathan had not openly criticised his successor or his administration, much unlike ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Obasanjo had written open letters condemning the Buhari government and also verbally berated it at any opportunity.

SaharaReporters learnt from sources that the establishment of almajiri schools by Jonathan to reduce a large number of out-of-school children in the North also scored the former president good points in the eyes of the northern cabal in the APC, especially with most of it now rotting away even under a northerner as president.

"They see Jonathan as a safe option given the bias Buhari has also shown. The northern elites are afraid that when power returns to the South, the North may get a dose of how Buhari treated the South in terms of key appointments. The choice of El-Rufai is only natural. He has always been seen as a good northern candidate for the presidency," a source said.

Recall that El-Rufai had thrown his weight behind having Nigeria's next president emerge from the southern part of the country.

In an interview with the BBC Hausa Service last August, El-Rufai said, "The southern part of the country is supposed to produce the president come 2023; I don't support a northerner to vie for the seat after President Muhammadu Buhari, based on Nigeria's political arrangement."

Though El-Rufai described the power shift arrangement among the country's various regions as unconstitutional, he said it was a political design that must be respected.

"I believe that (there is) no developed country across the world that considers leadership based on where someone comes from. However, in Nigerian politics, there is an arrangement that we all believe in rotational leadership. We are aware of that, anyone who denies that is wrong," the governor said.

As the APC mull over the Jonathan-Elrufai ticket, there are concerns on the position of the All Progressives Congress national leader and a former governor of State, Bola Tinubu, who is reportedly eyeing the presidency.

Tinubu was considered Buhari's running mate ahead of the 2015 presidential election before some voices in the party and elder statesmen discouraged the APC from going with a Muslim-Muslim ticket, hence the choice of Prof Yemi Osinbajo, who was singlehandedly picked by the former Lagos State governor.

Tinubu had supported Buhari to win presidential elections in 2015 and 2019, believing that Buhari would return the favour after the expiration of his tenure in office when power would be expected to shift to the South.

SaharaReporters gathered that Jonathan was considered a better option than Tinubu because of the latter's "unpredictability".

A source said, "Even among Yoruba people, Tinubu has enemies. Many people want to reduce his power and influence in the South-West; many do not like him in the North. They cannot predict Tinubu the way they can predict Jonathan. With the presidency, Tinubu will become very powerful and no one can predict what he will do with such powers.

"That is why the strategy being employed by those in support of Tinubu is to first unite people, particularly in the South-West, behind him. They know the challenge before him and understand that it will be much harder to convince other regions to support him without his region solidly behind him.

"As for Jonathan, he has been there before, so it is easy to know the kind of presidency he will produce. Jonathan cannot also spend more than four years in power since he has spent four years already, a fact that is also not lost on those scheming to have him run for the APC.

http://saharareporters.com/2021/02/15/exclusive-apc-plans-pair-jonathan-el-rufai-2023-presidential-ticket

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by ProfessorBerlin(m): 8:29am On Feb 15
Nothing concern me. Madrid made my day yesterday. I won 2.7 million naira.

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by Xscape1993(m): 8:30am On Feb 15
Is APC even a political party? Fake people with fake promises. I laugh in Idoma language ooo.

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by Mrshocker(m): 8:31am On Feb 15
Stupid political analysis

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by Racoon(m): 8:34am On Feb 15
"...The establishment of almajiri schools by Jonathan to reduce a large number of out-of-school children in the North also scored the former president good points in the eyes of the northern cabal in the APC, especially with most of it now rotting away even under a northerner as president.

"They see Jonathan as a safe option given the bias Buhari has also shown. The northern elites are afraid that when power returns to the South, the North may get a dose of how Buhari treated the South in terms of key appointments........
Same Jonathan they spent 4 years till date insulting as clueless & incompetent? So the almajiri schools they allowed to waste away denouncing them were good after all? Now they know what true cluelessness & damage the bigotry/nepotism of Buhari have done to the nation? These people are really wicked.

Meanwhile, what gives them the assurance that Nigeria will remain an entity then given the wide gulf division the Buhari government have bequeathed on this nation today?

What becomes of the ambition of Bola Tinubu, Yahaya Bello, Dave Umahi, VP Osinbajo and other gladiators in the APC waiting for their turn.Jonathan should never fall for this bait because the north are desperately looking for a willing stooge.

Nigeria is programmed to fail from it foundation.All this nation needs now is total disintegration for regions to manage themselves.

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by nabiz(m): 8:36am On Feb 15
So that gej will do 4 years and give elrufi opportunity to continue their useless agender

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by Liposure: 8:40am On Feb 15
APC should look elsewhere. Jonathan is done and dusted in nigerian politics. Tinubu is there, they can go and meet him even tho he's not liked by some people in the party. For me, he's the most suitable choice. They need to act fast and stop running helter skelter in search of a perfect candidate. 2023 is around the corner.

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by Sultanofbenin: 8:42am On Feb 15
ProfessorBerlin:
Nothing concern me. Madrid made my day yesterday. I won 2.7 million naira.
Boss congrat,good morning sir.Sir help me with only 20k I get plan on how to use am.

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by Rugaria: 8:42am On Feb 15
Willing tool....
They so much believe his placid character and naive brand of politics that they can only trust him in the whole south not to rock the boat and to handover to them whenever they demand for "their power".. Essentially, Jonathan is now the most useful tool in the hands of a wired caliphate desperate to subjugate the south for percuniary interests.. It won't fly...

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by festacman(m): 8:43am On Feb 15
Having El-rufai as your VP will always be a tough job and a big mistake. Jonathan will be a fool because El-rufai will ambush him, collect enough evidence and get him impeached. El-rufai is hot-headed and strong-hearted to be a VP to humble man as Jonathan. El-rurai is no Sambo or Osinbajo and will be worse than Atiku in being ambitious. It is even worse because in El-rufai's brain, he has an impression that he is a lot smarter than Jonathan. But make no mistake about that, he is indeed cerebral. Jonathan would be a massive fat head to pair with him.

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by adadike(f): 8:43am On Feb 15
Could this be the dream I had today? I saw Tinubu in a very bad and angry mood, infact, everywhere was just burning. My advice is for Tinubu to accept whatsoever APC throw his way in good faith coz no matter what, God has the final say

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by ShackWes(f): 8:46am On Feb 15
We would still be in mess

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by hotwax: 8:46am On Feb 15
yes Jonathan with do 4 years and elrufai the fulani jihadi, the slayer of southern kaduna people will take over and focus on southwest Oyo Ibarapa, Ibadan for full take over...

My Yoruba brothers, make the stupid mistake again..you hear me?

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by hotwax: 8:48am On Feb 15
adadike:
Could this be the dream I had today? I saw Tinubu in a very bad and angry mood, infact, everywhere was just burning. My advice is for Tinubu to accept whatsoever APC throw his way in good faith coz no matter what, God has the final say

That mumu should join yoruba nation to break liegeria up jare...he is a snitch

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by Balkan(m): 8:49am On Feb 15
This Northerners think we are fools down south.
They want to use weak GEJ for 4yrs and bring hell Rufi for another 8yrs. Knowing fully well that He'll Rufi is worse than Buhari in Fulani agenda to conquer Nigeria.

GEJ will be the most foolish person after Tunibu in the world to accept that offer. They Used Tinubu to drive their agenda, now they want to use GEJ. The southern politicians are fools.

Hell Rufi will be the president while GEJ will be there like mumu that he is. It's the likes of Lorenta onochie that are planning this.

Shame on all of you southern leaders

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by capitalzero: 8:50am On Feb 15
nabiz:
So that gej will do 4 years and give elrufi opportunity to continue their useless agender
You get it. They know any southerner who emerges in 2023 will rule for 8 years and he would reverse many of Buhari policies. They see Gej as weakling.
But Gej is not that stupid to accept such offer and if he accepts he would not pick elrufai as running mate.

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by Godswealth2021: 8:52am On Feb 15
ProfessorBerlin:
Nothing concern me. Madrid made my day yesterday. I won 2.7 million naira.
boss,abeg u fit release 500k out of the money for business n it will be on 70-30 percentage sharing.

u will take 70 n I take 30.

there is business plan n we can meet for negotiation

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by Oshigun: 8:53am On Feb 15
Mrshocker:
Stupid political analysis

It makes perfect sense. Everyone, even a Lizard on the street, can see the plans of the desperate and dishonourable North to hold on to power in 2023 or , at worst, hand it to a stooge Southerner they can control till they get the substantive Presidency back from said Southern Stooge.

What better Southern stooge for the North than tried and tested GEJ everyone appreciate is timid and will never rock the boat to the benefit of the South?

What better stooge than GEJ who can only use one term of 4 years, since he was President for one term already from 2011 to 2015, and would then hand over to a Northerner in 2027?

Let's keep watching. Every move in the APC so far show the North as unprincipled, unreasonable ungrateful and dishonorable. One thing must kill a man or , in this case, a nation.

It is the born to rule desperation of the North, or the insistence on handpicking who rules our Nation, that will kill Nigeria. Times are different . This is not 1996 and the North cannot keep getting away with regressing Nigeria through having their man or a stooge in Aso Rock. It is a tactics that is unsustainable as Nigerians get smarter, angrier, more sensitive of misrule and more impatient.

Nigerians will fight for their freedom in the end because much like the Fulani insecurity saga, the North daily shows the South that we must fight or die. Whether politically or physically, we must fight or die. Bookmark this post.

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by sweetonugbu: 8:54am On Feb 15
DOA

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by Oshigun: 9:02am On Feb 15
sweetonugbu:
DOA

I think so too but it is one appealing option, out of several, I know the desperate North will be toying with for sure.

Their plan ,that all Southerners must know, is to hold on to power directly though another Northerner like Atiku from the PDP or, at worst, handpick the type of Southerner to run on the platform of the APC and take over from Buhari.

All in all, as 2023 approaches, I see the North using a 'back up' alliance between PDP and APC to get their way. I.e either a Northern PDP President or a Southern APC stooge President.

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by sweetonugbu: 9:07am On Feb 15
Oshigun:


I think so too but it is one appealing option, out of several, I know the desperate North will be toying with for sure.

Their plan ,that all Southerners must know, is to hold on to power directly though another Northerner like Atiku from the PDP or, at worst, handpick the type of Southerner to run on the platform of the APC and take over from Buhari.

All in all, as 2023 approaches, I see the North using a 'back up' alliance between PDP and APC to get their way. I.e either a Northern PDP President or a Southern APC stooge President.
I rather vote for Tinubu who will spend 8 years than Jonathan who will spend four years, any candidate from South that is supported by the northern cabal is bad news and disaster for Nigerian progress.

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by fuckingAyaya(m): 9:16am On Feb 15
ProfessorBerlin:
Nothing concern me. Madrid made my day yesterday. I won 2.7 million naira.
bro make we chop small from the cake
Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by 35824L: 9:27am On Feb 15
There is nothing factual about this report rather it bears all the signs of a speculative journalist from the gully erosion ravaged region.

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by Nonexistent: 9:27am On Feb 15
nabiz:
So that gej will do 4 years and give elrufi opportunity to continue their useless agender
You are smart. They want to shortchange the South.

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by Nonexistent: 9:30am On Feb 15
35824L:
There is nothing factual about this report rather it is bears all the signs of a speculative journalist from the gully erosion ravaged region.
So Sahara Reporters is now owned by Ipob? This one is wailing already.

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by backnbeta(f): 9:33am On Feb 15
Who needs Hell? undecided

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by CSTRR: 9:38am On Feb 15
What will Yorubas do now?

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by Charmingrascal(m): 9:47am On Feb 15
If you kill yourself over any politician you will not rest in peace.
Nothing surprising about this news.




At the end Tinubu will loose it all because even in Yoruba land he will be rejected.

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by Gjrich(m): 9:49am On Feb 15
CSTRR:
What will Yorubas do now?


They should be lamenting for Buhari

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by Oshigun: 9:59am On Feb 15
sweetonugbu:
I rather vote for Tinubu who will spend 8 years than Jonathan who will spend four years, any candidate from South that is supported by the northern cabal is bad news and disaster for Nigerian progress.

This is the plan of the North and this is why they are shunning and/or discrediting every single independent-minded Southerner they know will 'change it' for them when he is in Aso Rock. They did not like and have never gotten over what Osinbajo did when he stood in for PMB as acting President.

That stage was the wake up call for them about the danger of letting power get into the hands of any independent-minded Southerner. That, to me, was when they began planning seriously to truncate all gentleman's agreement and go for broke. They began hijacking the structure of the APC to politically kill off or emasculate strong Southerners like Oshiomhole, Akande, Tinubu etal.

They want GEJ they bullied and entirely frustrated in his his first Presidency sure in the knowledge they can do same again. Fayemi ,the weak and politically clueless traitor, will do too ad gar as the North is concerned.

All in all the plan of the North is not good as the region is a totally Machiavellian animal. They see the writing is on the wall and know their best effort is to hold on to or control central power as long as possible and till they begin to achieve socio-economic parity with the South. Never mind that they made their region what it is in the first place.

They now want to repair the damage they have caused themselves with the future of the rest of us and our beloved children That is their plan for sure. This is why, for example, from Bala Mohammed to El Rufai, they are speaking with one voice to defend Fulani menace rather tha apologise for it to the rest of us.

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by Beremx(f): 10:05am On Feb 15
Choosing Elrufai as his VP will spell doom. Another person should be his VP

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Re: APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket - SR by MsAllison(f): 10:34am On Feb 15
if Jonathan is stupid enough to accept this then he'll loose all the goodwill he has ever gotten

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