Former Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has turned down the opportunity to run for presidency, after he rejected a nomination form purchased by Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association, a group in Northern Nigeria, to enable him run for the position of President in the forth coming 2023 general elections.

The one-time Vice President dissociated himself from the form, describing the group’s action as insulting. Jonathan also stated the form was bought without his consent—adding that he is yet to decide whether or not to join the presidential race under the All Progressives Congress (APC) party, or otherwise.

Although recent talks have linked Jonathan to the 2023 Presidency, the ex-president spokesperson, Mr Ikechukwu Eze, have clarified his stance in a recently released statement.

“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,” Mr Eze wrote.

With President Muhammadu Buhari set to conclude his second tenure next year, many politicians and hopefuls have voiced out their intentions to succeed him. In the APC alone twenty-five (25) presidential forms have been purchased at N100 million each, by twenty-five different persons. A good number of household names have also declared their intentions to run for president in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties.

Prior to his brief tenure as Nigerian President, Jonathan served as governor of Bayelsa State for five years, emanating from PDP. He also contested for the presidential position in 2015 under same party, but lost to Muhammadu Buhari of APC that year.

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