The first republic politician and former Special Adviser to Late President Shehu Shagari on National Assembly Matters, Elder Yanko Yakasai had expressed his support for Jonathan to take over from Buhari in 2023.
He maintained that supporting Jonathan Presidency will quicken route to South-East presidency.
According to him, Mr Olusegun Obasanjo did two terms which has effectively blocked the chances of the Southwest. Elder Yakasai who is also the chairman Northern Elders Council (NEC) believes under the circumstances Jonathan is entitling to second term.
“The people in the South-South are entitle to do two terms because Obasanjo did two terms. Southeast and Southwest are in different zone. Supporting Jonathan quickest route to South-East presidency.
“I made a statement, that the quickest way for Southeast to get to power is to support Jonathan to become the President. In which case two zones, Southwest and South-South would have completed their two tenure. But Jonathan contested and did not win in 2015, the south –south should be allowed to complete its second tenure”. He said.
Underground investigations further revealed that the Ebonyi state governor David Umahi who few days ago announced his defection from the PDP was present at the gathering, other prominent attendees were, Abubakar Badaru, governor of Jigawa state, Atiku Bagudu, governor of Kebbi and chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum and other party chieftains including Ken Nnamani, a former Senate president.
The source who spoke on condition of anonymity further revealed that the defection of governor Umahi to the APC was only preparatory to the defection of Goodluck Jonathan noting that the former governor was on his way out of the PDP to APC.
“If all goes as planned Goodluck Jonathan will join the APC and may be contesting the 2023 Presidential Election on the APC platform” he also revealed that two incumbent governors from the North have equally been shortlisted to be considered as his possible Vice Presidential candidate.
“Jonathan is top on President Buhari’s list of possible successors to allow SouthSouth’s 2-terms. Obasanjo did two terms, which has effectively blocked the chances of the Southwest in 2023.
The Senate President will be zoned to the Southwest and the Reps Speaker to the North Central, these are the permutations”.
“The arrangement is to allow the South to complete its tenure which was truncated by the election of Buhari so back to the north”