Amidst speculation of moves to encourage former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, to join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2023 general elections, a chieftain of the party has foreclosed the emergence of the APC presidential candidate from the South-south and Southeast geo-political zones.
The two-time governorship candidate of the erstwhile ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Borno State, now a chieftain of the APC, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam made the disclosure on Monday on an Arise TV monitored programme.
Speculation is equally rife that a certain power bloc within the ruling party has dropped Dr Jonathan and are now working on former Rivers State governor and incumbent Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, as an anointed candidate.
Incidentally, both Dr Jonathan and Rotimi Amaechi are from the South-south states of Bayelsa and Rivers State, respectively.
But speaking on Monday on Arise TV, the Chairman of the Board of Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND Kashim Imam said the ruling party was not strong in the South-south and Southeast zones and it would therefore not pick its candidate from the two zones.
The APC chieftain who did not foreclose a Northern candidate maintained that the ruling party is strong in all the zones in the North and the Southwest.
The APC chieftain said he was not aware of the presidential ambition of Honourable Rotimi Amaechi.