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Jonathan rejects APC presidential form procured for him

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has rejected the purchase of forms on his behalf by the nomadic pastoralists and almajiri groups from various parts of the country.

The spokesman for the groups, Mallam Ibrahim Abdullahi, had purchased the APC forms to allow Dr Jonathan return as president to “continue the good work he was doing”.
He recalled the inclusion of the almajiris in the mainstream education system and the decision to give the less privileged a sense of belonging, in addition to the former President’s “uncommon display of Democratic values deserving of a return”.

However, a statement by Dr Jonathan’s Media Aide, Ikechukwu Eze, described the purported purchase of the Presidential Nomination and Expression of Interest forms under the auspices of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the name of the ex-President as an insult to his person.

Mr Eze said Dr Jonathan was not aware of the bid and did not authorise it, stressing that if the former President wanted to contest the election, he would make his intentions clear to the public, and would not enter the race 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, Dr Jonathan has not in anyway, committed himself to the request,” Mr Eze insisted.

Reporting by Abubakar Bestu; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor