Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has rejected the APC Presidential form purchased for him by a Northern group.
On Monday, May 9th, news hit the media about the successful procurement of the APC Nominations and Expressions of Interest Form in the name of the Former President. This purchase was reportedly made by a Fulani Group of supporters.
News of the purchase followed merely weeks after a group of Jonathan’s supporters reportedly stormed his office in Abuja on April 22, 2022. The supporters urged the Former President to run a second term for the 2023 Presidential Elections.
“We were deceived and brainwashed by those who claimed they could do it in 2015.”
In response to the purchase of the N100m form made in his name, Jonathan has declared that he would not accept the form. He further stated that the purchase was made without his consent and was therefore regarded as an ‘insult’ to his reputation.
The statement was issued on Monday night by Jonathan’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze. The statement read:
“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 authorise 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 anyway, committed himself to this request.
“Buying a presidential aspiration form in the name of 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.”