All the roads are today, Thursday 25th November, 2021, leading to Otueke in Bayelsa State where classmates and political associates of the former Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan who attended the University of Port Harcourt are gathering.
Jonathan’s guests who are coming from all parts of the nation as well as abroad would spend three days with their host.
According to information reaching our news desk, members of the Local Organizing Committee of the event arrived early in the week to set the stage.
Reports filtering in from Otueke say most of the invited guests who schooled at UNIPORT with the former President have already arrived for the event dubbed “Homecoming”.
It is not clear if the event is a mere gathering of old classmates or if it is a cover for some level of political activity, but those close to the ex-Nigerian leader say most of his classmates have over the years been active members of his political machine.
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“Otueke is bubbling with activity”, a journalist covering Bayelsa told this medium, “We are waiting and watching.”
We have also heard through a member of the Local Organizing Committee, Mr Sam Iyoyo that the event would provide an avenue for invited guests to brainstorm on issues of common interest.
“Most of us have not had the opportunity to meet one another and share old jokes. It would be an opportunity to catch up and rub minds”, Iyoyo, a one-time Local Government Caretaker Chairman and former General Manager of RSTV disclosed.
The homecoming event is coming as many Nigerians wonder what the next move of the former President will be.
Jonathan was conspicuously absent at the recent National Convention put together by the PDP which brought him to power.
Emma Ogidi, a close Jonathan associate had down-played his absence at the convention on that occasion, saying the ex-President was out of the country on an important assignment.
In APC circles where Jonathan’s excellent ties with his successor, President Muhammadu Buhari, has turned into a major talking point, his name is increasingly being linked with another bid for power at the centre.
Already, there is talk about the Jonathan Project, which is tied to a presidential bid.
Its members have been working underground to actualize an ambition to return the former president to power.
In Bayelsa, most powerful members of the Timi Sylva team have left their old camp to work with the former president.
Activities planned to mark Jonathan’s homecoming would commence actively on Friday.
The Telegraph will stay on the trail of this unfolding story and would bring accounts of what is happening at Otueke to its readers.
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