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SHOCKER: 11 Jonathan’s ex-ministers to join APC

– 11 ex-ministers who served under the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan may soon join the All Progressives Congress (APC).

– Also billed to join the ruling party are ex-Governor Jolly Nyame, Senator Andy Uba and some Senators in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

– The defection is all part of the ongoing realignment of forces even as some of the former ministers are said to be looking for soft landing because of ongoing investigations by the anti-graft agencies

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Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan

If reports going round political circle are to be believed, then about 11 ex-ministers who served under the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan may soon join the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Also billed to join the ruling party are ex-Governor Jolly Nyame, Senator Andy Uba and some Senators in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

According to a report by Nation newspaper, the defection is all part of the ongoing realignment of forces even as some of the former ministers are said to be looking for soft landing because of ongoing investigations by the anti-graft agencies.

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The report said the defection of a former Minister of Transport, Umar Idris, from PDP to APC last weekend was regarded as a “pilot test” for the ex-ministers, who are mostly from the North.

“Some of them have opened talks discreetly with some key figures in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. They are bidding time on when to cross over. But ex-Minister Umar Idris braved the odds to defect last weekend.

“I think they do not want to lose out in the scheme of things. It is becoming obvious that the crisis in PDP might lead to the emergence of another party,” a top source was quoted.

Another source added; “Contrary to what you have been fed with, it is the APC that is reaching out to like minds in the former cabinet of ex-President Jonathan.

“Some of us have been under intense pressure to defect because of the crisis in PDP.”

Also under pressure to jump ship is former Kano state governor, Ibrahim Sheharau.

A source quoted in the report said: “Several of such moves and overtures have been made in the past but he has not uttered a word on that. He has not considered any.  He is still in PDP.

“Don’t forget that Shekarau was one of the initiators of the merger which produced APC. And most of his political associates and friends are in APC. As a matter of fact, the present National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, was Shekarau’s vice-presidential candidate in 2011.

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“I am aware that there is pressure on him to rejoin his political friends and associates in APC. But he has not considered the offer at all.”

But the Forum of ex-Ministers has denied the report.

Reacting, Prof. Abubakar Suleiman who is the Secretary of the Forum, said: “I am not aware of anything like that.

“But in view of the crises in APC and PDP, some people believe that there will be realignment. There are undercurrent signals or pressure from some sources.”

Meanwhile, 100 electoral officials are set to be charged to court by anti-graft agency, EFCC  for allegedly receiving part of the $115m (N23bn) disbursed by Diezani Alison-Madueke, during the 2015 presidential election.

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