- Ex-President Jonathan has been described as the most qualified person to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023
- A coalition of Northern groups which considered Jonathan the best person to emerge president in the next general election has also gone ahead to obtain the APC nomination form for him
- At the moment, Jonathan is a member of the opposition PDP and has not yet announced his defection to the APC
FCT, Abuja - A coalition of Northern groups has reportedly purchased the All Progressives Congress’ presidential nomination and expression of interest forms for former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Although Jonathan isn’t a member of the APC, there had been speculations in recent weeks that he was set to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling APC to contest for President in 2023.
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The Nation also stated that the group of supporters of Fulani extraction and Almajiris led by Ibrahim Abdullahi picked the expression of interest and nomination forms for the former President around 6.30pm.
If elected as President again, Jonathan can only serve for one term of four years, according to the constitution.
He was first elected in 2011 after completing the tenure of his former boss, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
President Buhari defeated Jonathan in the 2015 presidential elections.
2023 presidency: Jonathan gets letter to join APC, buy nomination form
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Youths Network for Nigeria Union (YNNU) wrote a letter to Jonathan asking him to join the APC.
The chairman of YNNU, Ibrahim Saiki, on Wednesday, April 27, stated that the group wrote a letter to Jonathan asking him to register and obtain the APC membership card at Otuoke Ward in Bayelsa and obtain its presidential expression of interest and nomination forms for the 2023 presidential election.
Added to this, Saiki said the organisation was now giving the former president a seven-day ultimatum which began after Ramadan to do the needful.
2023: Jonathan reacts as Nigerians stage rally, ask him to declare presidential ambition
Meanwhile, following a solidarity call by supporters to contest the 2023 presidential election, Jonathan has broken his silence.
The Bayelsa-born politician said he would not be declaring his presidential ambition at the moment.
The former president told the stream of protesters at his Abuja office to “watch out”.