BREAKING: Goodluck Jonathan Joins APC Presidential Race, Obtains N100M Forms
Goodluck Jonathan, a Former President of Nigeria has officially joined the All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential race, after he purchased the party’s 100 million Naira nomination form.
According to reports, a coalition of Northern groups on Monday arrived at the International Conference Centre to purchase the All Progressives Congress’ presidential nomination and expression of interest forms Goodluck Jonathan.
Jonathan is yet to announce his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC.
He took over power when the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua died in 2010 and contested the 2011 election, which he won.
He lost his reelection to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 and acknowledged defeat before the final collation of the election results.
Jonathan served as Bayelsa State deputy governor and governor before he became Vice-President and President on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party from 1999 to 2015.
In February, some northern emirs had reached out to the former President, asking him to contest. Jonathan had also stayed away from activities of the PDP, including the last national convention.
Last month, posters of the ex-President flooded the national secretariat of the APC on Blantyre Street, Wuse 2. Youth and women groups had also demonstrated outside of Jonathan’s office in the Maitama area of Abuja.
The demonstrators, who arrived in five large buses, held up placards some of which read, ‘Jonathan, Please Run’, ‘Jonathan, do the needful’, ‘Jonathan for 2023’, ‘Jonathan Declare Now’ and ‘Goodluck Please Come Back, We Love You’.
Jonathan subsequently invited the leaders of the protesters for a private meeting and said he was not sure if he would run. He, however, asked them to ‘just watch out’.
With his entrance, APC presidential aspirants have risen to 26.