The All Progressive Congress (APC) has reaffirmed willingness to take in former president, Goodluck Jonathan into its fold.

The party said Jonathan will be given the free way to contest for the 2023 presidency once he decides to join the party.

The party’s National Secretary, APC Caretaker, and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee, John Akpanudoedehe in Wednesday said this during an interview Channels Television’s Politics Today when he was asked about the recent speculations that Jonathan is considering to join the ruling party.

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Akpanudoedehe stated that contrary to the rumours, the ex-president is yet to join but that if he does, he will be granted a founding member status.

He, however, said the opportunity that will be given to Jonathan is not automatic, noting that he would compete with other members of the party before getting the ticket.

The APC chieftain said; “I am hearing that for the first time that we are expecting the former President. That will be great news. We will welcome him; that will also strengthen the party.

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“The last National Executive Council of the party actually gave a blanket approval to any individual that if you join APC today, it is as if you are a founding member of the party.

“So, anyone who joins today has the same opportunity to run for any office in this party. It has always been so, so I am not speculating,” he added.

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