By Ismail Auwal
Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has rejected a presidential nomination form bought for him by a northern group.
The former president described the purchase of the form, ‘without his consent’ as an ‘insult.’
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, the former president said he had yet to decide whether to run for re-election on the platform of Nigeria’s current ruling party, the APC.
The spokesperson noted that the former president was not consulted before the form was bought.
“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,” Eze Ani wrote.
“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.”
The former president’s spokesperson noted that they 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.”
Jonathan governed Nigeria on the platform of the PDP for five years before losing his re-election bid to Muhammadu Buhari of the APC in 2015.
Over 25 presidential forms, each costing N100 million, have been bought in the APC.