Just In! 2023: Court clears Jonathan to contest presidency

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has been cleared to contest in the 2023 presidential election by a Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. Justice Isa Hamma Dashen gave the judgement on Friday. The High Court also ruled that the former President’s right to vie for the office of president again cannot be stopped by any retroactive law. Details to follow…

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2023: APC Northern governor bought presidential forms for Jonathan – Sources

A governor of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) bought the nomination and expression of interest forms for former President Goodluck Jonathan, according to sources. A group called ‘Nomadic Pastoralists and the Almajiri Communities’, led by one Ibrahim Abdullahi picked up the forms on Jonathan’s behalf on Monday, claiming they paid for them. Speaking with newsmen shortly after picking the forms, Abdullahi said they decided to purchase the forms for Jonathan to enable him to stage a comeback and continue with the good work he had started. However, hours after…

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2023 Presidency: Ex-President Jonathan joins race, as ‘group’ buys him N100m APC form

…Says he’s best man for the job A coalition of northern groups has purchased the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Expression of Interest and Nominations forms for former President Goodluck Jonathan to contest for the presidency in the forthcoming 2023 general elections. Recall that Jonathan, while seeking re-election, lost to the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari in 2015. The spokesman of the group, Ibrahim Abdullahi, said they decided to pick the forms in order to beat the APC deadline, not minding if the former president accepts them or not. Noting that Jonathan…

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2023: APC stakeholders, support groups reject Jonathan’s participation in party’s primary

Ahead of the All Progressives Congress’ presidential primary, a coalition of party stakeholders and other faithful, under the auspices of the ‘APC Presidential Support Groups‘, have rejected the purported move by former President, Goodluck Jonathan, to participate in the exercise. The groups, which comprise party leaders, including youths and women across the 36 States and FCT, said Jonathan is yet to resign his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) barely a month to the primary. The party faithful noted that even if he hurriedly defects to the APC, he…

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2023: Jonathan is APC’s Trump card, Says Southern group

A political pressure group called ‘The Southern Frontiers‘, has thrown its weight behind former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s (GEJ) candidature in the forthcoming 2023 general elections, saying ”he is the only person amongst the aspirants so far who has the wherewithal to rescue the country from the mess it is currently enmeshed”. In an issued 7-page communiqué, signed by its Scribe, Mr. Bamitale, and made available to newsmen, after rising from an emergency meeting in Ibadan, Oyo State yesterday, he emphasised without fear of contradiction that “We have wholistically placed…

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2023: ‘APC will lose presidency if Jonathan isn’t the flagbearer’, Group tells APC Chairman

A group, known as the Citizens Network for Peace and Development (CNPD), says the All Progressives Congress (APC) will lose the presidency in 2023 if former President Goodluck Jonathan is not the flag-bearer of the ruling party. Addressing a press conference in Abuja yesterday, the CNPD National Coordinator, Okorie Raphael, said Jonathan’s “acceptance” would enable APC to win the general election. Raphael said the comeback of the former president would provide a favourable environment for national engagement and dialogue. “President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan reflects a national acceptance that will give…

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Ex-President Jonathan escapes death, loses 2 aides to road mishap

Former President Goodluck Jonathan escaped death by the whiskers yesterday evening, when he got involved in an auto-crash that has reportedly claimed the lives of two of his aides. Another aide of the former president, who confirmed the accident, said Jonathan escaped unharmed and was fine and okay. As of the time of filing this story, the former president was said to be at home. Speaking on the incident via a statement signed by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, the former leader expressed sadness at the development and commiserated with…

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“I’m worried about military coups becoming popular in West Africa” – Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan says the sustainability of democracy in West Africa is key to resolving the challenges in the sub-region but expresses worry about military coups becoming fashionable. “I am worried that some members of the sub-region are beginning to opt for military intervention because of what they consider as the weaknesses and flaws of democratically-elected leaders”, said the former president. Jonathan stated this on Wednesday at the strategy meeting of the West African Elders Forum (WAEF), aimed at shoring up democracy and peace in the West African sub-region.…

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Gunmen kidnap Jonathan’s cousin in Bayelsa

Jephthah Robert, a cousin of former president Goodluck Jonathan, has been abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers in front of his house around Dimrose Road in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital. According to reports, Jephthah was kidnapped on Tuesday, barely 24 hours after the Bayelsa State Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Federal Otokito, was released by his abductors. Recall that Otokito was whisked away by gunmen on January 20 from his residence in his community, Otuokpoti, in the Ogbia local government area of the State. He spent about five…

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Buhari, Babangida, Jonathan, others mourn Nigeria’s ex ING Head, Chief Ernest Shonekan

…FG orders National Flag to fly at half-mast Eminent Nigerian leaders have continued to express sadness over the news of the passing on of former head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, who died in Lagos yesterday, at the age of 85. President Muhammadu Buhari, who expressed profound sadness over the news of his death, in an issued statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, extended his deepest condolences to Chief Shonekan’s wife, Margaret, his loved ones, as well as the government and people of Ogun State. The President…

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