By Desmond Ekwueme
ike a classic movie, action packed thriller, former President Goodluck Jonathan is keeping over 200 million Nigerians in suspense.
Suspense of whether he is joining the All Progressives Congress (APC). The Northern oligarchy is routing for him to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari but, close associates of the Otuoke-born politician are advising him not to throw in his towel to contest the 2023 presidential election since it could turn out a wrong move after all.
They further argued that GEJ could be messed up by the ruling class especially of the APC stock by giving the ticket to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu whose effort ensured Buhari won the 2015 election.
Those close to the President who are equally loyalists of Tinubu feel that one good turn deserves another. They feel that since Tinubu did Buhari a favour in 2015, the former deserves to be treated likewise now that he is eyeing the No. 1 political office in the land.
Should Tinubu get the APC ticket then, GEJ has lost his glamour, dignity and honour before the international community which has continued to patronise him on account of his smooth transition of power and congratulating his successor even before the last count of result was declared INEC Chairman Prof. Attahiru Jega in 2015.
The nation waits almost breathless as the drama and noise over GEJ’s anticipated defection rages. The suspense is choking even as adrenaline runs in high speed.
Many say GEJ won’t make this blunder which is equally suicidal to his political career, achievements and record…others opine that it’s a matter of time for him to defect…as it appears he is under immense pressure from all quarters in the North and even within the presidency.
While the suspense continues, the call for GEJ to speak up increases as his supporters want to know where they can face as the journey of 2023 gathers momentum.
Already Gov. Nyesom Wike has stated that he won’t support GEJ if he joins the APC to run for the presidency. Many feel same way Wike feels.
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