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APC governors, leaders meet Jonathan in Abuja amidst talk of possible 2023 run

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Amidst talk of his possible endorsement as the presidential candidate of the party for 2023, governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday held a private meeting with ex-President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja.

Jonathan yesterday celebrated his birthday with family and friends.

At the meeting were David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi who recently defected to the APC from the PDP; Atiku Bagudu, governor of Kebbi and chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum; and Abubakar Badaru, governor of Jigawa.

Jonathan was elected president in 2011 and lost to Buhari in 2015, but he is still qualified to run having only spent one term of four years in office.

Incidentally, Jonathan hosted the duo of Badaru and Bagudu at his Otuoke residence in Bayelsa a year ago.

The governors had visited Jonathan to thank him for his support in the victory of David Lyon, the APC candidate in the 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa.

Lyon was eventually sacked by the supreme court while Douye Diri of the PDP was declared winner of the election.

Also on Friday, APC leaders including Ken Nnamani, a former senate president, visited Jonathan in commemoration of his 63rd birthday.