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Dr. Jonathan And The Fulani Community On The APC Presidential Ticket.

After two hours of meeting with leaders and members of Fulani community, who procured the N100 million presidential nomination forms for him, former President Goodluck Jonathan, is considering running on the ticket of the All Progressives Congress, Vanguard learned, authoritatively last night.

The Fulani Community Meeting With The Former President

The meeting between the former president and the Fulani pastoralists reportedly held between 11p.m on Monday and 1a.m on Tuesday.

The meeting was to map out issues regarding their purchase of the presidential nomination forms without his consent, a development, which made him to reject the offer and denounce those involved within the action.

The media aid of the ex-president, Ikechukwu Eze said:

We wish to categorically state that Dr. Jonathan was not aware of this bid and did not authorise it,” Jonathan had said in a statement by his media aid.

However, it was learned that the leader of the team that procured the form for him, Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, apologised to the former president.

He pleaded with the former president to pardon their indiscretion and accept the offer to run.

The pastoralists told Jonathan that they bought the form as an appreciation for the N60 billion investments he made for the Almajiris during his tenure.

Jonathan’s View

After listening to the Fulani community, Jonathan reluctantly accepted their plea to consider running for the APC ticket as suggested by them.

He promised to give them a feedback as soon as possible but did not however, give a specific date.

Given his position in Nigeria and the international community, the former president further told the Fulani community never to embark on any political assignment on his behalf without his consent.

Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Jonathan was uncomfortable to hear about the purchase of the nomination form for him.

He considered the action insulting to his status as a former president of Nigeria.

Most of the former president’s loyalists, who vehemently opposed his running on the APC platform withdrew their opposition.

They gave him a go ahead.

As a result, some of the key loyalist joined the Fulani community in completing the APC presidential nomination form for Jonathan.

This was to meet the deadline for the return of the document to the party secretariat in Abuja.

A reliable source said:

I can tell you that Jonathan’s loyalists cut across party lines.

And majority of them have really been encouraging him to run.

That is why some of them are helping with the completion of the nomination form for the former president.

The Fulani Group of 10 led by Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi said:

They purchased the form out of the gladness of their hearts as a way of paying him back.