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[Opinion] Goodluck Jonathan’s Rumoured Defection Plan, And His Chances of Winning The 2023 Election

Recently, rumours have continued to make rounds that the All Progressives Congress (APC), is planning to lure Nigeria’s immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan, to the party. According to the rumours that are making the rounds on the media, some powers within the APC are making moves to bring the former President to the party, where it is also rumoured that he could likely emerge as the APC Presidential candidate for the 2023 election.

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It should be recalled that constitutionally, Goodluck Jonathan could still rule the country for about four more years. As such, some have argued that the Northern APC chieftains would want to use him to quench the rising calls for the zoning of the 2023 Presidency to the Southern region. It is true that the former President still remains a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). However, one cannot rule out the chances that he could eventually defect to the APC in the coming days.

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With the defection seeming to have become imminent, we may begin to wonder what could be his chances of winning the 2023 presidential election if he manages to secure the APC ticket. There is no doubt that the powers that want to bring Goodluck Jonathan to the APC, have what it takes to secure the party’s presidential ticket for him. However, the question is whether the former president could defeat every other candidate to win the 2023 presidential election.

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In my view, even though Goodluck should defect to the APC and secure its nomination ticket with ease, he may be unable to win the 2023 presidential election. This is due to the likelihood many people who had supported him in the past, are likely to turn their backs once he leaves the PDP and joins the APC. Secondly, the APC itself could split if other candidates that have been nursing presidential ambitions, should be dumped for a former President who just joined the party.

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Again, the meaning that the public is likely to read into his emergence as the APC candidate, could also affect his chances of winning. It is arguable that many people would believe that his emergence is a plot to ensure that the South rules for only four years before power is returned to the North. As such, many Southerners could opt for other Southern candidates instead of supporting the former President to return to power.

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