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JUST IN: Bayelsa APC breaks silence on report of Jonathan’s membership

The All Progressives Congress has debunked reports claiming that former president Goodluck Jonathan has joined the party.

State-owned media outlet, News Agency of Nigeria, had reported on Wednesday that Jonathan had joined APC in his ward in Otueke, Bayelsa state, in a bid to actualise his presidential ambition.

However, the chairman of the party in Bayelsa, Dennis Otiotio, has refuted the report saying the former president is not officially a member of the APC in the state

Otiotio made this known in an interview with The PUNCH on Thursday morning.

According to him, Jonathan could only join the APC if he had been formally granted a waiver by the national chairman of the party, Adamu Abdullahi..l

He said, “I think the person you people should be asking the question is the national chairman of the party. He should be the one to grant him (Jonathan) waiver.

“As of now, he has not officially joined our party. Ask the national chairman if he has granted him a waiver.”

The state APC chairman, however, described Jonathan as “a big fish and an elder statesman”.

Otiotio said it would be great if Jonathan decides to formally move to the ruling party.

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