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2023: Jonathan will suffer huge defeat if he runs, PDP chieftain predicts


  • Advises Jonathan to maintain his integrity by staying out of the race
A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and former Commissioner for Information in Edo State, Hon. Charles Idahosa,  has predicted huge defeat for former President, Goodluck Jonathan should he decide to contest the 2023 presidential election.

The PDP chieftain who was reacting to rumoured defection of Goodluck Jonathan from the PDP to the APC to contest the 2023 presidential election, said that should Jonathan come out for the presidency race, he would only be deceived and beaten hands down, advising that he should keep his dignity as is it now rather than going to mess up the good name he has built.

Idahosa who spoke in an interview with Independent, said, “I don’t really know. I do not see where the two political parties are heading to be frank with you. Yes, I have a feeling that Goodluck Jonathan is up to something, he would like to right the wrongs because of the way he came and how he left.

former President, Goodluck Jonathan

‘I think if he was given the opportunity he would come. But I see the two political parties fielding a Northern candidate because there’s no political South, there is a political North. And the average Southerner underrates the Northerner.

“Anytime I say this, some people don’t like it that the average Northerners are more politically aware than the Southerners. In the South we are divided, but in the North they are one when it comes to political matters; they speak Hausa, but here the Igbo man is different, the Yoruba man is different, the Ijaw man is different, likewise the Edo man.

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“When they created Mid-West, the Edo man wanted to stay in Ibadan but they drove them away saying Akpata is not Apata, Ayomide is not Ayomide and all of that. But in the North, the Emir then made sure that everyone spoke Hausa Language, but in West they did not allow us to speak Yoruba. The Ikwere man speaks Ikwere language, he will not speak Igbo meanwhile he is Igbo.

“In fact a good example is Jonathan, is he an Ijaw man when you look at his name he is an Igbo man. Jonathan Ebele Azikiwe. So at the end of the day, I’m seeing the two political parties going up North to pick their candidate. So if Jonathan decides to run the Northerners will try to convince their people but it will be very difficult because if APC brings someone from the North, and PDP does the same, the North will win. Because no matter how poor a Hausa security man is, he must afford to buy a radio and listen to BBC Hausa Service. They hear information much more than our people even at our level of education.

“We think they don’t have sense but they are in charge. So if Jonathan comes out for presidency, they will deceive him and he will be beaten hands down. He should keep his dignity as is it now rather than going to mess up the good name he has built. So in 2023, I see President Muhammadu Buhari handing power over to another Northerner, I can stake my money on it. Whether it is APC or PDP, the next Nigerian President will come from the North, quote me.”

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