As the race for the 2023 elections take shape, major actors and players in the political arena have stated strategising on how to make sure their objectives are achieved and their plans materialise. Horsetrading, lobby, concession, forging of new alliances and fence mending are all among the strategies being employed by the old orders.
On Friday, Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held a private meeting with ex-President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja.
No single member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was present.
TheCable reports that David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi who recently defected to the APC from the PDP; Atiku Bagudu, governor of Kebbi and chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum; and Abubakar Badaru, governor of Jigawa, were at the meeting.
The details of their meeting is unknownbut an insider told TheCable “2023 permutations are taking shape”.
Jonathan was elected president in 2011 and lost to Buhari in 2015, but he is still qualified to run having only spent one term of four years in office.
Coincidentally, Jonathan hosted the duo of Badaru and Bagudu at his Otuoke residence in Bayelsa a year ago.
The governors had visited Jonathan to thank him for his support in the victory of David Lyon, the APC candidate in the 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa.
Lyon was eventually sacked by the supreme court while Douye Diri of the PDP was declared winner of the election.
On Friday, APC leaders, including Ken Nnamani, a former senate president, visited Jonathan in commemoration of his 63rd birthday.