Nigeria’s former President, Goodluck Jonathan on Monday night turned down the presidential nomination form obtained for him by a group, the Nomadic Herders and Almajiris Community in Nigeria on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
The former president stated that he did not authorise any group to purchase the form for him.
According to a statement by his Media Adviser Ikechukwu Eze posted on his Facebook page, Jonathan added that he was not aware of the move.
The statement reads: “It has come to the notice of His Excellency Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, that a group has purportedly purchased Presidential Nomination and Expression of Interest forms, of the All Progressives Congress (the APC), in his name.
“We wish to categorically state that Dr. Jonathan was not aware of this bid and did not authorise it.
“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.
“We thank the general public for their concern, as we continue to encourage citizen participation in the affairs of the country.”
Prior to Jonathan’s reaction, controversy trailed the purchase of the form. A group led by one Ibrahim Abdullahi, claimed that it picked the form for the former president.