Jonathan denies running for president

Abuja—Former President Goodluck Jonathan has denied consent in the purchase of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential form to contest the party presidential primary.

This is after a Fulani group obtained the APC nomination and show of interest form for the ex-president on Monday.

However, the Media Adviser to Goodluck Jonathan, Ikechukwu Eze in a statement said Jonathan would make his interest known to the public if he was ever interested to contest in the forthcoming election.

According to him, the APC presidential form was obtained without the consent and authorization of the former president, stating that Jonathan has not shown interest to accept the request to contest for president.

He, however, appreciated the calls and support by a cross-section of Nigerians for Jonathan to enter the presidential race but warned that the public should disregard the claims of Jonathan contesting for president in the 2023 election.

“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 any way, 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,” he said.

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