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2023: Jonathan opens up on being ‘against’ Atiku

 

A former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has said suggestions that he is not happy with Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are erroneous.

Reacting to the insinuation, the former Nigerian leader in a recent statement sent to POLITICS NIGERIA by his Media Adviser, Ike Eze, denied he is against Atiku.

“Those who insinuate that Dr Jonathan is not happy with the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, because of whatever roles he played ahead of the 2015 elections forget that the former President actively campaigned for Atiku in 2019, attending the flag off of his campaign in Sokoto and subsequently participated in the campaigns in some states like Rivers and Bayelsa.

“The fact that Dr Jonathan stood out as an exemplary politician who, throughout his political career, abhorred treachery and mean-mindedness, and played politics without bitterness, needs no gainsay.

“Unlike many of his detractors, the former President has, out of office, progressed to a higher level of statesmanship,” the statement reads in part.

 

Source: Politics Nigeria

 

 

2023: “Tinubu technically out of presidential race” – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is “technically out” of the 2023 contest.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that this was made known by the Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, at a press conference held at the party’s Secretariat on Sunday in Abuja.

“Seeing that it is technically out of the Presidential contest and further distraught because it cannot also field candidates at all levels in the 2023 general elections due to its illegal and unconstitutional congresses, the APC has resorted to unleashing hoodlums to attack PDP Presidential Campaign rallies and other innocent Nigerians going about their legitimate endeavors as witnessed in Kaduna and Borno States, in a bid to trigger crisis and scuttle the elections,” he said.

The spokesperson added that by virtue of the provision of Section 137 (1) (d) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) Tinubu is not eligible to contest the Presidential election in Nigeria.

This newspaper reports that that part of the Nigerian constitution talks about the presentation of a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

 

Source: Politics Nigeria