2023 election: Consultation ongoing, Goodluck Jonathan tells supporters


Former President Goodluck Jonathan has told supporters calling on him to run for the 2023 presidency to be on the look out as he cannot declare his interest to run for now because political process is ongoing.

He made this known when a group of supporters stormed his Abuja office, on Friday, asking him to declare for the 2023 presidency.

Addressing the supporters after the meeting, Jonathan said the youths should keep getting involved in the political process for a better Nigeria.

The former President acknowledged that the youths want him to contest, but gave reasons why he had not made any comment on demands for him to contest the 2023 presidential election.

He added, “I cannot declare because some processes are still ongoing.

“Yes, you are calling on me to come and declare for the next election. I cannot tell you I’m declaring. The political process is ongoing; just watch out. The key role you must play is that Nigeria must get somebody that will carry young people along.”

Speaking earlier, leader of the group, Jonathan Azunobi lamented about the hardship being faced by Nigerians, adding that the country needs him back to restore the fortunes of the nation.

The supporters also stressed that the former President has the template to restore Nigeria’s pride of place and give all Nigerians a sense of belonging.

Also speaking, Mayor Samuel, who is also the convener of the Youth Compatriots of Nigeria, had said, “We were deceived and brainwashed by those who claimed they could do it in 2015.

“Now, we know better, under Jonathan, the minimum wage could buy one or two bags of rice. What do we have today? We are begging President Jonathan to forgive us; we have realised our mistakes; we want him back to complete what he started.”

The supporters, comprising a group of women and youths, had demanded the return of the former President in 2023.

They arrived in four buses and carried placards at Jonathan’s Taraba Close, Maitama office.

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