2023: Jonathan Finally Makes Up Mind to Contest Presidency as 3 Top African Leaders Intervene, Source Claims

2023: Jonathan Finally Makes Up Mind to Contest Presidency as 3 Top African Leaders Intervene, Source Claims

  • The speculations regarding the possibility of former President Jonathan joining the 2023 presidential race have continued unabated
  • A new report indicates that the Bayelsa-born politician has finally made up his mind to re-contest the presidency again
  • The report stated that Jonathan has joined the APC to contest, adding that some top African leaders convinced him to join the race

FCT, Abuja - Barely 48 hours after disassociating himself from moves by some groups to draft him into the 2023 presidential race, former President Goodluck Jonathan has finally made up his mind to vie for the top post, a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has stated.

Nigeria is set to go to the polls next year in a crowded contest parading many contestants in both the ruling APC and several opposition parties, including the main opposition PDP.

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A source claims President Goodluck Jonathan has finally made up his mind to vie for the presidency on the APC platform in 2023. Photo credit: Femi Adesina
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On Monday, May 9, Jonathan had rejected presidential expression of interest and nomination forms bought for him by people, described as nomadic Fulani pastoralists and Almajiri communities.

He was quoted as saying that it was an insult for people to buy the form for him without his consent but the former president has now made U-turn on the issue.

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Jonathan has joined APC, says anonymous

A dependable source in Jonathan’s camp, who pleaded anonymity said that the former president had indeed, joined the APC formally, having registered at his Otuoke Ward in Bayelsa.

The source disclosed that Jonathan was expected to submit his completed APC expression of interest and nomination forms bought for him earlier in the week by Fulani groups and pastoralist communities on Thursday, May 12.

According to the source, the former president has secured the support of the required number of APC delegates from across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

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“Several bigwigs of the party have also been calling Jonathan to pledge their loyalty and support to the former president,’’ the source revealed.

Influential African leaders ask Jonathan to contest, source alleges

NAN reported that the source said late on Wednesday, may 11, that some influential African leaders had called Jonathan earlier on Monday to advise him “to contest the election in the interest of Nigeria.

“At least three top African leaders called the former president on the matter. They all urged him to run.
“One of them specifically told him that it didn’t make sense travelling all over Africa settling disputes only to shy away from leadership responsibility in his home country.
“Another reminded him of the implication of failing to put the experiences he garnered as a former Nigerian president and as a continental statesman to good use,” the source added but did not mention the names of the African leaders.

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The source cited some of the African leaders as telling Jonathan that Nigeria was passing through challenging times and “needed a unifier like Jonathan at this time’’.

Jonathan, who lost power to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, was born in 1957 in the Ogbia district in Bayelsa State.

He was previously of the PDP party on whose platform he ruled Nigeria until he lost the presidential election to Buhari in 2015.

2023: Badaru denies collecting N200m from Jonathan for nomination forms

The governor of Jigawa state, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, has denied rumors and media reports linking him to a supposed collection of N200 million from former President Goodluck Jonathan to buy the APC presidential forms.

Governor Badaru had in a publication been accused of collecting over N200million from ex-President Jonathan to purchase the APC nomination form on his behalf and for himself.

Meanwhile, the aide to the governor Auwal Sankara described such media reports as false and accused the media outlet of being “mischievous and unprofessional in their content.”

Source: Legit.ng

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