Erstwhile President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan GCFR GCON has revealed he is under pressure to contest in the 2019 presidential elections. GEJ, as he is fondly called, served Nigeria as President from 2010 to 2015. He served as Vice-President of Nigeria from 2007 to 2010 and as Governor of Bayelsa State from 2005 to 2007. Former President Jonathan.
As 2019 approaches, the political permutations begin to unfold and in this interview with Dele Momodu, former President Jonathan spoke on the possibility of him contesting come 2019.
Former President Jonathan
When asked if he’ll contest in 2019, he said, “contest again? No. People come to me every day saying they want me back. I’m always moved to tears whenever I go out and see the huge crowds shouting GEJ, we want you, even in the North. Instead of getting swollen headed, I actually reflect on my achievements and mistakes and feel humbled and feel very sober.
“I have never been a man of inordinate ambition. I’m a man of very modest means. I hardly travel because of the logistical costs. I’ve played my part and I have moved on.”
“What if your party decides to invite you again?’ he was asked, “are you not aware that our Party has zoned the Presidency to the North, and the Chairmanship to the South? Even Fayose that has declared his interest may face big challenges because of the decision of our party,” he said.
So there is no way you can ever contest again?
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“I’m not God but I sincerely doubt the possibility,” he added.