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2023: Youths Protest Against Imposition of Goodluck Jonathan as APC Presidential Candidate

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Youths under the aegis of APC North-South Patriotic Coalition on Thursday besieged the national secretariat of the party in Abuja to protest against a reported planned imposition of Goodluck Jonathan as presidential candidate on them.

The youthful protesters numbering varying over 100 besieged the APC Secretariat at about 8 am, disrupting vehicular and human movements along the Blantyre Street.

The members of the Youth Wing of the All Progressives Congress were spotted with banners and placards bearing varying inscriptions.

The protesters said imposing the former President as the APC presidential candidate would “ultimately kill” the party.

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Convener of the protest, Alhaji Toyin Rahim, questioned the rational behind the APC drafting in someone they labelled corrupt as its presidential candidate.

Advising the leadership of the party “not to fall victim to ill-advised action that can push the party out of power”, Rahim said;

“The rumour has been around for some time now that former President Jonathan of the was being wooed by some power players within the APC to join the Party and fly its presidential ticket for the 2023 election.

“What began as a mere rumour seems to be gathering momentum so close to the presidential primary of our great party. This Jonathan project cannot fly simply because it cannot help our party and we want to do our best to ensure that our Party does not fall victim to ill-advised action that can push the party out of power.

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“One of the most telling negative implications of such an action is that the APC does not have anyone of electoral value who can win an election for us except we smuggle in a former president we defeated seven years ago for his glaring incompetence as president.

“In APC today there are presidential aspirants with credible pedigrees and humongous electoral value and capacity. It is not only unnecessary to smuggle Jonathan into our great party, but it is also self-indicting and means that our Party’s performance in office has been worse than an administration that Nigerians thoroughly rejected and voted APC in 2015.”

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