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[Opinion] The Rumoured Plot To Lure GEJ To APC, And The South's Chances of Securing 2023 Presidency

It is often said that there is no smoke without fire. This can be argued to have become the case of the rumours making rounds about an alleged plot by some powers within the All Progressives Congress (APC), to lure Nigeria’s immediate past President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ), to the party, where he is equally rumoured to likely emerge as the party’s flag-bearer for the 2023 presidential election.

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It should be recalled that as a one-term president, Goodluck Jonathan is eligible to rule the country for another four years. This can be argued to be the reason why rumours are making rounds about a plot to lure him to the APC, and subsequently field him as the party’s candidate in 2023. This is coming at a time when the North and Southern regions are at loggerheads over which region should produce the next President.

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With the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, being a Northerner, many Southerners have continued to insist that it is the region’s turn to produce the next President. However, the North has equally argued that the region has about 4 years more to rule the country before power could be returned to the South (source: Daily Post). President of Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF), Shettima Yerima, who made the statement, cited that since 1999, the Southern region has ruled for 14 years, while the North has only ruled for 10 years.

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With this in mind, it can be argued that the two regions have been able to present a valid point to support their insistence on the 2023 Presidency. However, one may not be wrong to say that with the incumbent President being a Northerner, the South appears to have a stronger point. With this, the rumoured plot to lure Goodluck Jonathan to the APC, can be argued to be the Southern region’s best chance of security the 2023 Presidency.

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This is due to the fact that the former President can only rule for a maximum of 4 years, which is the exact difference in the number of years that both regions have ruled since the country returned to democratic rule in 1999. As such, one may not be wrong to argue that the North could see Goodluck Jonathan as the best option if the region should concede to the insistence of Southerners on zoning the 2023 Presidency to the South. This is due to the fact that after 4 years, the North would want to take over power again for 8 years, and balance the number of years that both regions have ruled.

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