Jonathan rejects nomination form from northern groups, calls it an ‘insult’
May 10, 2022
Dr, Goodluck Jonathan, ex-President, has rejected the Presidential nomination form bought on his behalf by two northern groups.
A group of nomadic Fulani pastoralists and Almajiri communities had picked the APC Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for former President Goodluck Jonathan, to contest the presidential ticket.
Jonathan is said to have dumped the PDP for APC but he is yet to come clean on this but has been playing hide and seek with members of the PDP, some of whom had pressed him to make open his membership status of the party that brought him to prominence.
Leader of the group Malam Ibrahim Abdullahi told newsmen on Monday in Abuja, after picking the forms, that Jonathan should be re-elected to enable him to complete what he began.
“My name is Ibrahim Abdullahi, I represent two of the most vulnerable communities in our country, the nomadic pastoralists and the almajiri communities.
“We have decided to purchase this form for our former president, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, to come back and rule this country and continue with the good work he started,” he said.
But in a swift reaction, Jonathan released the statement below:
It has come to our notice that a group has purportedly purchased Presidential Nomination and Expression of Interest forms, of the All Progressives Congress APC, in the name of former President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
We wish to categorically state that Dr. Jonathan was not aware of this bid and did not authorize it.
We want to state that if the former President wanted to contest an election, he would make his intentions clear to the public and will not enter through the back door.
While we appreciate the overwhelming request by a cross-section of Nigerians, for Dr. Jonathan to make himself available for the 2023 Presidential election, we wish to state, that he has not in anyway, committed himself to this request. Buying a presidential aspiration form in the name Dr. Jonathan without his consent, knowing the position he had held in this country, is considered an insult to his person. The general public is therefore advised to disregard it.
Media Adviser to H.E. Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan