Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has distanced himself from the All Progressive Congress, APC, and rejected the nomination and expression of interest forms bought for him by a northern group.
The group had Monday purchased the forms for him in Abuja.
In a statement issued on his behalf hours after news of the form purchase went viral, Jonathan said he did not know those behind it.
“The Attention of the Office of former President Goodluck Jonathan has been drawn to the purported purchase of the Presidential Nomination and Expression of Interest form, of the All Progressives Congress APC, in his name, by a group named “FULANI GROUP “
“We wish to inform the General Public, particularly Nigerians, that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has no knowledge whatsoever of the personalities behind the purported purchase of the form, in his name, not have any relationship with the association.
“It should be noted, that at the moment, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is not a member of the APC and therefore could not have accepted such a gesture, from those behind the move.
“While we appreciate the overwhelming request by a cross-section of Nigerians, for Dr. Jonathan to make himself available for the 2023 Presidential election, we wish to state, that he has not in any way, committed himself to this request, even though some of them, considered patriotic.
“The general public is hereby urged, to disregard the action of the group, as it has no consent nor approval from Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.”