Barring any last minute change of plans, former President, Goodluck Jonathan is set to declare his intention to run for president in 2023 under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Jonathan who governed Nigeria between 2010 to 2015 under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is constitutionally entitled to another term of four years.
This newspaper gathered that Jonathan may have yielded to pressure from some big wigs of the governing party, close allies of the presidency to join the APC and join the race to clinch the party’s presidential ticket.
Groups and individuals have also been mounting pressure on the former president to contest the 2023 presidential poll.
Supporters of the former Nigerian leader yesterday thronged his Abuja office, insisting that he must declare his intention to run for the 2023 presidency.
“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,” Jonathan stated while addressing the supporters in front of the gate to his office.
But reliable sources say arrangement has been concluded for the former president to defect to the APC and partake in the May 30 and 31, 2022 presidential primary.
The party according to sources will grant waiver to the ex-president to contest the primaries.
Jonathan will square up with the likes of Vice-President; Yemi Osinbajo, former Lagos State governor; Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Minister of Transportation; Rotimi Amaechi, Ebonyi State governor; Dave Umahi, Kogi State governor; Yahaya Bello, Minister of Labour and Employment; Chris Ngige for the party’s sole ticket.