Many heavyweights and has-beens inside the governing occasion are jostling to switch President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan won’t search the governing occasion ticket to contest presidential elections subsequent 12 months, his spokesman has stated, ending months of hypothesis of a deliberate return to nationwide politics.
A bunch of supporters from northern Nigeria had purchased nomination kinds for Jonathan to participate within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) occasion’s main elections scheduled for later this month.
However in an announcement late on Monday, his spokesman Ikechukwu Eze stated the previous president didn’t authorise the acquisition of the nomination kinds, a requirement for candidates to participate in main elections.
Jonathan was president between 2010 and 2015, underneath the Folks’s Democratic Celebration, now in opposition.
“Whereas we respect the overwhelming request by a cross-section of Nigerians, for Dr Jonathan to make himself accessible for the 2023 presidential election, we want to state that he has not in any method, dedicated himself to this request,” Eze stated.
“We want to categorically state that Dr Jonathan was not conscious of this bid and didn’t authorise it.”
It is not uncommon for Nigerian politicians to change sides throughout elections, however it will have been a stunning about-turn if the APC had determined to embrace a candidate it as soon as derided as incompetent when he was president.
With President Muhammadu Buhari attributable to step down subsequent 12 months after serving two full phrases, the race to succeed him is large open with greater than 20 governing occasion candidates registering to contest the first vote.
Registration will finish on Tuesday and a celebration committee will display the candidates, who embody Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Lagos state governor and occasion heavyweight Bola Tinubu, Minister of Petroleum Timipre Sylva and a number of other ministers and state governors. Central financial institution governor, Godwin Emefiele, can be making an unprecedented presidential run.
However the discipline is predicted to slender as soon as political horse-trading begins, which is able to result in some candidates dropping out.