Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has rejected the gesture by a northern group, who allegedly purchased the N100 million All Progressives Congress (APC) expression of interest and nomination presidential forms for him.
The group had on Monday through a commercial bank purchased the form for the former President, insisting that he was the best man to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
But Jonathan through his media aide, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, described the gesture as misplaced and insulting, stressing that the group did not have his blessings to do so.
Eze said in a statement “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”.