APC Presidential Candidate, his running mate, and other APC leaders pictured with ex-President Goodluck Jonathan

In an effort to deceive Nigerians ahead of the 2023 elections, the Peoples Democratic Party said on Thursday that Bola Tinubu, the APC’s presidential candidate, and Kashim Shettima, his running mate, were using the former president Goodluck Jonathan’s image.

The main opposition group argued that Tinubu, Shettima, and other key APC figures had been acting in a way that distanced them from the purported failure of the president’s (ret.) administration, Major General Muhammadu Buhari.

The PDP said that the recent meeting between the trio was an attempt by the APC presidential and vice presidential candidates to clean up their image in a statement released by Debo Ologunagba, the party’s national publicity secretary.

According to The PUNCH, Jonathan met with Tinubu and Shettima on Tuesday in Abuja as part of his ongoing consultation for the 2023 elections.

A source in Tinubu’s camp told our correspondent that the visit was an extension of the APC national leader’s consultation with key political stakeholders ahead of the 2023 presidential election, even if specifics of their meeting were not made public.

“No one should be shocked by his visit to Jonathan. Tinubu has no political animosities toward anyone, whether they are party members or members of the opposition, he claimed.

However, the main opposition party criticized Tinubu and Shettima in a statement on Thursday, claiming they were among those who thwarted Jonathan’s administration’s efforts, notably on the issue of insecurity and chibok girls abduction.

The full statement read:

Nigerians are scandalized over the disgraceful and hypocritical attempt by the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and other APC leaders to distance themselves from President Muhammadu Buhari over the abysmal failure of the Buhari-led administration in which they are principal actors.

In a desperate design to whitewash their battered public image, identifying with the obvious successes of the PDP and in an attempt to posture as statesmen, the APC Presidential Candidate, his running mate, Sen. Kashim Shettima and other APC leaders shamelessly orchestrated a photo opportunity with the distinguished and successful former President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party.