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Goodluck Jonathan: Nigeria’s Ex-president Rejects APC Nomination

Goodluck Jonathan: Nigeria’s Ex-president Rejects APC Nomination

  • Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s former president, openly rejected APC’s presidential nomination form on Monday.
  • A supporter group bought the presidential nomination form on his behalf.
  • Jonathan wasn’t aware of their actions and he claims that he didn’t authorize the purchase of the form.

Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s former president, has openly rejected a presidential nomination form that was bought without his knowledge and consent.

Goodluck Jonathan

The presidential nomination form was for the ruling party All Progressive Congress (APC) which defeated Goodluck Jonathan during the election in 2015. Jonathan’s loss to President Buhari saw him vacate his position as the president, which he had held for five years. 

The form was bought on behalf of Mr. Jonathan by a supporters’ group on Monday, keeping up the trend of aspirants buying the nomination form via proxy means.

Goodluck Jonathan’s spokesman, however, announced that the former president didn’t know about the bid and he didn’t authorize the purchase of the form.

He further stated that if Jonathan wanted to contest in this upcoming election, he would make his intentions known to the public and not go through indirect ways.

It’s expected that all of Nigeria’s major political parties hold their primaries later this month to meet the election commission’s deadline. INEC has set a deadline for June 3, 2022, for the submission of their candidates for next year’s elections which will be held in February.

APC’s presidential nomination form costs 100m Naira and has so far been purchased by dozens of aspirants.

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Whoever wins the primary elections and gets the APC’s nomination for the general election will expect a rigid contest from opposition party, PDP.

PDP aspiring candidates are Peter Obi, Atiku Abubakar (former Vice-President), and present Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike.

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