Former President Goodluck Jonathan has rejected the All Progressives Congress presidential form purchased for him on Monday by a coalition of northern groups led by Ibrahim Abdullahi.
In a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, said the former president Jonathan did not authorize the purchase and considered the move by the group as ‘an insult’.
“The Attention of the Office of former President Goodluck Jonathan, has been drawn to the purported purchase of the Presidential Nomination and Expression of Interest form of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in his name, by a group named “FULANI GROUP”
“We wish to inform the General Public, particularly Nigerians, that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has no knowledge whatsoever of the personalities behind the purported purchase of the form, in his name, and does not have any relationship with the association,” the statement read in part.
“It should be noted, that as at the moment, Dr Goodluck Jonathan is not a member of the APC and therefore could not have accepted such a gesture, from those behind the move.
“We also 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 any way, committed himself to this request, even though some of them, considered patriotic,” Eze said.
“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 hereby urged to disregard the action of the group, as it has no consent or approval from Dr Goodluck Jonathan.”
Reports have it that a coalition of northern groups purchased the APC presidential nomination form and the expression of interest form at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, informing journalists that it was for Dr Jonathan.
Sporting fez caps with the inscription ‘run Jonathan run’, members of the coalition said the former president is the most qualified person to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.