Former President Goodluck Jonathan has been confirmed to be a registered member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Naija News earlier reported that a source in Jonathan’s camp had confirmed that the former Nigerian leader registered his membership with the ruling party at his Otuoke Ward in Bayelsa.
But the APC Chairman in the state, Dennis Otiotio, said Jonathan is not a member of the party, adding that he can only be a member if granted a waiver by the national chairman of the party, Adamu Abdullahi.
However, the chairman of APC in Ward 13, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Igori Freeman, has confirmed that Jonathan is indeed a member of the ruling party.
In an interview with Daily Trust on Thursday, Freeman said Jonathan dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and registered with the party in 2019.
Freeman stated that the former leader defected to the APC immediately after the 2019 governorship election in the state.
“I know too well that Jonathan registered with APC, but registration is not about publishing to the whole world. The register was with me, it was not only him that registered during that period, some dignitaries from PDP also registered with APC after David Lyon’s victory during the 2019 governorship election.
“You can go to the state Chairman and ask him if the ward Chairman believe that Jonathan registered with the party, we have finished with the registration, so I can’t give detail now because I returned all the data after everything. Meet the party Chairman, Chief Dennis Otiotio for more clarification,” he said.
The report is coming days after President Jonathan rejected the party’s nomination form procured for him by a coalition of northern herders.
In a statement by his spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze, the former leader said he has no affiliation with the said Fulani group that purchased the presidential forms in his name.