“I Cannot Go To Pick Form, Start Lobbying People & Running For Campaigns” – Jonathan Reveals Why He Won’t Contest For Presidency Again

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Former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has stated clearly why he wouldn’t contest for the Presidency again.

In the interview published in a book, ‘My Time As Chaplain In Aso Rock,” presented to the public on Tuesday, The peace ambassador maintained that he would be diminishing himself if he decided to lobby people and campaign for election again.

Recall that Ahead of the June 2022 APC presidential primary, a group, Nomadic Pastoralists and Almajirai Community, led by Ibrahim Abdullahi, purchased the N100m nomination and expression of interest forms in Jonathan’s name.

While the former president was expressing his opinion on the controversy that trailed the group’s decision, this is what he said,

“I was enjoying the drama. At least they are not insulting me. After all, I was pursued out of the office that I was not good enough. So, if now, Nigerians are saying, ‘Oh, this man should come,’ that means they are cleaning me up. So, let me enjoy the drama.

“I was not disturbed. I know I cannot go and start struggling to be President again. It wasn’t only Nigerians who were asking me such questions; even most of the top ambassadors -the American ambassador, the UK High Commissioner, France, and all of them. They came to ask me whether I would contest. I don’t think I would contest any election.

“If you wake up tomorrow and see that I’m President again, that means there may have been circumstances beyond my control. But not to go and pick one form and go and start lobbying people and running for campaigns, be it PDP power or APC broom and moving across Nigeria. I can’t do that again; if I do that, I will diminish myself.”

He added that the only roles acceptable to him now involve stabilising democracy in troubled African states.

He added, “Assuming there’s some confusion, and sometimes things like that happen in countries. So, they tell me to come and play a role in stabilising things; a stable democracy where one leader hands over to another is what we all want.

“Let us go through that process and not interrupt the democratic processes. We pray such things should not happen. Otherwise, to go and say I’m contesting on the platform of any party at all. No!”

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