Jonathan Joins APC In Bayelsa, Declared For President, Accept Nomination Forms From Fulani Group - The People's Voice


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Jonathan Joins APC In Bayelsa, Declared For President, Accept Nomination Forms From Fulani Group

By Our Correspondent

It could be recall that the former President, Goodluck Jonathan had rebuffed the reports making arounds that there are moves by some groups to draft him into the 2023 presidential race, Jonathan has finally settled his mind to contest for the top position.

As events unfolds towards the political season of the country in a crowded contest parading many aspirants in both the ruling APC and several opposition parties, including the main opposition PDP.

On 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.

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.

Daily Trust learnt that The source had disclosed that Jonathan was expected to submit his APC expression of interest and nomination forms bought for him earlier in the week, on Thursday.

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.

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

The source told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) political correspondent late on Wednesday 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.

The source cited some of the African leaders told 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. 


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