Ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan, has rejected the presidential form of the All Progressives Congress purchased for him on Monday by a group from the north.
The former president’s Media Adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, in a statement after the news broke said the Jonathan did not authorise the purchase and consider the move by the group ‘an insult’.
He said, “We wish to categorically state that Dr Jonathan was not aware of this bid and did not authorise it,” the statement read in part.
“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.”
Although Jonathan is not a member of the APC, speculations have intensified in recent weeks that he is set to switch from the Peoples Democratic Party to contest the presidential election in 2023.
But the former President has yet to state whether he would contest or not, neither has he spoken about the possibility of switching parties.
“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,” Eze said.
A coalition of northern groups had on Monday 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 Jonathan.
Nigerian and back door syndrome, a good response from Dr. Jonathan.