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2023: Those moving for Jonathan as APC candidate enemies of our party – Kawu Sumaila

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…says Amaechi, Osinbajo, Nwajiuba better candidates

Those moving for the candidature of a former president, Goodluck Jonathan, for the 2023 presidential elections under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are doing a great disservice to the party, a chieftain of the party, Suleiman Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila, has said.

Kawu, a former three-term member of the House of Representatives, said in a statement on Wednesday that Jonathan had played his role and should be left alone, noting that APC has candidates with better credentials from the southern part of the country.

The former lawmaker, who also served as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on House of Reps Matters, said pushing for Jonathan to become APC’s candidate would automatically mean the party has failed.

Describing the Jonathan backers as “enemies within,” Kawu said APC has qualified and credible candidates from the southern part who can eminently contest for the APC presidential ticket in 2023.

“I don’t think those pushing for Jonathan to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari under our great party wish the APC well. Yes, Jonathan is a reformed democrat who deserves our commendation.

“But he had played his own role under the PDP. Nobody will take away the credit of conceding defeat as a sitting president and handing over power to the opposition peacefully from Jonathan. As a matter of fact, he is better than some of the people in our party.

“However, we cannot as a party say Jonathan should come and pick our presidential ticket when we have better candidates in our midst. That will mean we have failed,” he said.

Kawu said if APC is interested in giving his presidential ticket to the southern part of the country, there are stalwarts of the party that contributed immensely to the success of the party.

For example, he said, from the South South, the likes of Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who served as the Director General of the APC presidential campaign twice should be considered.

He said Amaechi is a team player that has demonstrated good leadership during his assignment as the DG twice, noting that has all it takes to lead the country better than Jonathan.

Also, Kawu said from the South Westel, Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who has proved to be a worthy deputy to President Buhari since 2015 is eminently qualified to succeed his principal.

He noted that Osinbajo has good knowledge of how to lead the country having worked closely with President Buhari.

From the South East, Kawu said the Minister of State for Education, Chief Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who has made a lot of sacrifices and made significant contributions to make the APC gain acceptance in his region has the credentials to be nominated as APC presidential candidate.

He said apart from having the age on his side, Chief Nwajiuba is a silent achiever as a politician of repute.

Kawu added that the era of imposition has gone forever, hence the few people calling for Jonathan’s candidature should be careful.

“We cannot be talking about Jonathan when we have these people in our midst. Let them know that Nigerians know what they are doing.,” Kawu said.

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