Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday rejected the All Progressives Congress presidentual nomination and Expression of Interest forms bought in his name by a group of Fulani herdsmen.
He said in a statement by his media adviser, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, in Abuja that he had no intention to run for president for a third time.
Jonathan ran in 2011 and 2015.
The former president’s alleged interest in the contest had stirred controversy for weeks, with many Nigerians urging him not to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party to APC.
The full statement reads: “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 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.”