Ex-Nigerian President Jonathan dissociates self from 2023 bid | Muhammadu Buhari News

Many heavyweights and has-beens inside the governing celebration are jostling to exchange President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is not going to search the governing celebration ticket to contest presidential elections subsequent yr, his spokesman has mentioned, ending months of hypothesis of a deliberate return to nationwide politics.

A bunch of supporters from northern Nigeria had purchased nomination varieties for Jonathan to participate within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) celebration’s main elections scheduled for later this month.

However in a press release late on Monday, his spokesman Ikechukwu Eze mentioned the previous president didn’t authorise the acquisition of the nomination varieties, a requirement for candidates to participate in main elections.

Jonathan was president between 2010 and 2015, underneath the Individuals’s Democratic Celebration, now in opposition.

“Whereas we respect the overwhelming request by a cross-section of Nigerians, for Dr Jonathan to make himself obtainable for the 2023 presidential election, we want to state that he has not in any method, dedicated himself to this request,” Eze mentioned.

“We want to categorically state that Dr Jonathan was not conscious of this bid and didn’t authorise it.”

It’s common for Nigerian politicians to modify sides throughout elections, however it could have been a stunning about-turn if the APC had determined to embrace a candidate it as soon as derided as incompetent when he was president.

With President Muhammadu Buhari attributable to step down subsequent yr after serving two full phrases, the race to succeed him is vast open with greater than 20 governing celebration candidates registering to contest the first vote.

Registration will finish on Tuesday and a celebration committee will display screen the candidates, who embody Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Lagos state governor and celebration heavyweight Bola Tinubu, Minister of Petroleum Timipre Sylva and a number of other ministers and state governors. Central financial institution governor, Godwin Emefiele, can also be making an unprecedented presidential run.

However the subject is predicted to slender as soon as political horse-trading begins, which is able to result in some candidates dropping out.

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