Immediate past President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has debunked rumours of defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The ex-President’s camp made the fresh denial on Wednesday after rumours emerged again that the Bayelsa-born politician has defected from the PDP to the APC.
Lately, there have been rumours making the rounds that Jonathan will dump the PDP for APC and contest the 2023 presidential election on the platform of the ruling party.
On Wednesday, the rumour went overboard that Jonathan has finally defected to the APC, sparking anxiety from various quarters, Naija News reports.
But when contacted for comment, spokesperson to the former president, Ikechukwu Eze said there is no truth in the defection rumours.
Eze noted that his principal is very busy with other activities and should he decide to defect, it will be communicated through appropriate channels and not the rumour mill.
“The report is Fake News, if he defects it would be announced through the proper channels. This is a man that’s very busy with other things,” Eze said.
In a related development, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has berated President Muhammadu Buhari over the plan to obtain fresh foreign loans of $4 billion and €710 million.
It was earlier reported that the President had forwarded a letter to the National Assembly seeking its approval to obtain the loans.
In the letter read by Ahmad Lawan, the Senate President, during Tuesday’s plenary, President Buhari urged the legislature to approve grant components of $125 million.
According to Buhari, due to the demands in the country, there is a need to raise more funds for some “critical projects.”
However, in a swift reaction, the opposition PDP kicked against the move to borrow the fresh loans, pointing out that the Buhari-led administration is mortgaging the future of the country.
The PDP spokesperson, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, disclosed this in a statement titled ‘Fresh $4bn, €710m loans: Buhari, APC is selling Nigeria, PDP cries out…urges NASS to probe looting of loans,’ in Abuja, on Tuesday.
The PDP lamented the reckless borrowing by President Buhari and the ruling APC, saying Nigerians might eventually not have a nation that they can freely call their own.
According to the PDP, the move by the President and his APC-led regime was another attempt at further mortgaging the future of Nigeria and Nigerians with less than two years left in office.
We Can’t Blame Youths Who Want To Leave Nigeria – Kingsley Moghalu
Meanwhile, former Presidential Candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the 2019 general election, Professor Kingsley Moghalu, has said that he cannot blame young people who want to leave Nigeria.
Moghalu, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, made this comment via his verified Twitter handle on Wednesday.
In the tweet, Moghalu explained that when he was younger, he also wanted to leave the country but he had plans to come back to Nigeria because the country was better at the time.
He planned to build himself up and return home. He added that “if we can build back our country, most will return.”