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JUST IN: Jonathan finally joins APC, to submit presidential nomination forms Thursday

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) and will be contesting 2023 presidential election on its platform.

The development is coming 48 hours after distancing himself from a northern group who purportedly purchased nomination forms for him.

Jonathan had on May 9 rejected presidential expression of interest and nomination forms of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) bought for him by a Fulani group. He later visited APC chairman Abdullahi Adamu, a meeting his aides said was to distance himself from the purchase.

However, News Agency of Nigeria, is reporting that Jonathan is prepared to throw his hat in the presidential election ring again.

Recall that he lost in 2015 to president Muhammadu Buhari.

The source who spoke in confidence to NAN disclosed that the former president has also joined the APC formally, having registered at his Otuoke Ward in Bayelsa.

Meanwhile, Jonathan is expected to submit the duly filled forms bought on his behalf on Thursday, the source offered further.

According to the source, the former president has secured the support of the required number of APC delegates from across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“Several bigwigs of the party have also been calling Jonathan to pledge their loyalty and support to the former president,’’ the source revealed.

The source told NAN political correspondent late on Wednesday that some influential African leaders had called Jonathan earlier on Monday to advise him “to contest the election in the interest of Nigeria.

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