- A group called the Nationalists Movement have asked former President Goodluck Jonathan to contest in 2023 presidential election.
- Abidde Robinson, the national coordinator of the movement made the call during a press conference in Abuja
- Robinson describing Jonathan as a national pacifier explained reasons why the former Nigerian leader is to contest
Daily Trust reports that The Nationalists Movement (TNM) made the call on Thursday, January 27, at a news conference in Abuja.
Abidde O. Robinson, the national coordinator of the movement said Nigerians need a popular leader like Jonathan who has a track record of integrity.
Robinson went on to note that the former president is a national pacifier and has the magic wand needed to soothe ethnic tensions in different parts of the nation, The Nation added.
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The group explained that the country needs someone who has statesmanship to bridge the divide for a national alliance in 2023.
He said that there was no doubt that Nigerians wanted Jonathan and would overwhelmingly vote for him and his party of choice.
The national coordinator said:
“We are, therefore, passionately pleading with Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to yield and not resist the wishes and calls of the majority of patriotic Nigerians from home and in the diaspora to come back to Aso Rock Presidential Villa in 2023.”
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Legit.ng previously reported that the ex-spokesman of former president Jonathan, Dr. Doyin Okupe, said he will voluntarily step down from the 2023 presidential race if there’s a national concession to give the presidency to the southeast.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant stated this during an interview on City 105.1FM with Reuben Abati.
Okupe revealed that the post of the presidency is a highly competitive one, saying it must be contested even when there’s a consensus amongst the parties.
2023: Goodluck Jonathan has not accepted to join presidential race, says associate
Meanwhile, an associate of Jonathan, Chief Dikivie Ikiogha, said the ex-Nigerian leader has not accepted to join the 2023 presidential race.
He also refuted media reports that the recent meeting the group held with Jonathan in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital was to evolve strategies for his joining the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to pursue his presidential ambition.
Ikiogha, who is the founder of a group advocating for south-south presidency, told newsmen in Yenagoa, that it was “mischievous” for the media to report that the group met with Jonathan in order to map out strategies to return him to the presidency on the platform of APC.