- Dr Goodluck Jonathan has said he is not under pressure to contest the 2023 presidential election
- The former president said he is rather focused on promoting peace and sustainable democracy in Africa
- Some media reports had suggested that the former president is gearing up for the contest
Former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has denied media reports suggesting that he is under pressure to contest the 2023 presidential election.
Jonathan made the denial through his spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze, stating that he is rather focused on promoting peace and sustainable democracy in Africa.
Eze told The Cable: “There is nothing like that. The former president has not made any comments nor spoken to anyone on the coming elections.
“He is busy concentrating on his foundation, The Goodluck Jonathan Foundation (GJF), and its work of promoting peace, sustainable democracy and youth empowerment in Africa.
“If you check online, you will discover that a story with a similar headline had been published in the past by a few shady online sources.
“The last time this same story circulated online was before the 2019 presidential elections. It has now come up again.”
Meanwhile, a former minister for transport, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has predicted that another northerner may likely succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Babatope, who is also a member of the Peoples Democratic Party's Board of Trustees, stated that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) does not have zoning in its constitution.
In a related development, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has denied reports suggesting he has joined the 2023 presidential race.
The former governor of Ogun state was reacting to the circulation of his purported presidential posters on social media. In a statement sent to journalists by his spokesman, Alhaji Bola Adeyemi,
Senator Amosun said it belies logic that such a move would be his preoccupation at the moment, adding that anyone nursing a presidential ambition at the moment is an enemy of Nigeria.
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