The All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed reports that it is planning to field former President Goodluck Jonathan as its candidate in the 2023 Presidential election.
Last week, there were unconfirmed reports that some Northern governors were working hard to ensure that the former president gets the APC ticket.
However, the party says it is not considering such, describing the story as mere creation of some individuals.
“Those peddling such information, they are afraid. But for now, there is nothing in the APC which has anything to do with the aspiration for 2023.
“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,” Governor of Yobe State and the interim committee chair of the APC, Mai Mala Buni, said in an interview with BBC Hausa service.
Asked whether the APC is still indecisive on Jonathan, Buni said, “we are yet to start talking about aspirants, we are not in any discussion about aspirants.”