Former Nigerian President Promised Presidential Nomination Form Ahead Of 2023 Elections
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has been granted the opportunity to join any political party of his choosing and submit an expression of interest and nomination form.
The offer was made in a statement published by the Middle Belt Progressive Forum’s leader, Paul Agada, on Tuesday.
If the former president decides to run for president in 2023, Agada said that the forum would back him.
Jonathan, he said, is a man of peace who has shown that his personal ambition does not come before the country’s peace and stability, and that his exceptional traits have won the forum’s support.
According to Agada, the former Nigerian president has more experience and ability than any of the presidential candidates running in 2023.
He did, however, urge Jonathan to declare his interest in running for president.
The statement reads:
“Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is a man of peace who has demonstrated in times past that he does not place his personal ambition over the peace and stability of the country,” he said.
“This rare quality has seen him gain recognition as a peacemaker and key negotiator in conflicts across the African continent.
“Jonathan is fondly remembered for the establishment of much needed Federal Universities in Lokoja and Lafia in Kogi and Nasarawa States respectively. Also, he approved the release of N30 billion from the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme fund to finance the Loko-Oweto Bridge project to link Benue and Nasarawa States, a project that has now been completed by the current administration.
“The Middle Belt Progressive Forum has a robust membership spread across the states of the Middle Belt and the country at large and we have agreed that former President Goodluck Jonathan stands heads and shoulders in terms of experience and capacity above all the numerous aspirants jostling for the tickets of various parties hence our resolve to purchase the nomination form of whichever party he chooses.
“We hereby urge him to heed the call of the Middle Belt Progressive Forum and teeming millions of Nigerians across the country and in the diaspora without further delay.”