I won’t run for president in 2019 – Jonathan

FILE PHOTO: Former President Goodluck Jonathan speaking at the Bloomberg Studio in London
FILE PHOTO: Former President Goodluck Jonathan speaking at the Bloomberg Studio in London

Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has denied reports that he would contest the 2019 presidential election.

There were reports that Mr. Jonathan who left office last year following his defeat by President Muhammadu Buhari in the March 28, 2015 presidential election, was under pressure to return to power.

Vanguard newspaper quoted Ikechukwu Eze, media aide to Mr. Jonathan as saying in a statement that his principal had no plan to contest the 2019 presidential poll.

Mr. Eze said the former president did not at anytime declare an intention to contest, describing it as mere “fabrication.”

The statement said “Our attention has just been drawn to a fabricated online publication alleging that the former President Goodluck Jonathan made comments on the 2019 elections, while hosting his kinsmen in Otuoke last Tuesday.

“Those reports are false and bear no truth whatsoever. The former President was not in Otuoke on Tuesday, neither did he make the comments attributed to him. In fact, he has only just returned to his community to spend Christmas having been away for two weeks, so he could not have been hosting anyone there last Tuesday.

“Of what good is it to our national development efforts if some people spend so much energy spreading falsehood about fellow citizens and our nation?

The statement also said the former president wished “his fellow compatriots a merry Christmas and prosperous New Year in advance, and advises all to always channel their efforts towards working to attain the nation of our collective dreams.”

Mr. Jonathan, who was a candidate of the People Democratic Party lost to Mr. Buhari, the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress.

Mr. Buhari won 15.4 million votes against Mr. Jonathan’s 13.3 million.

The former president had called Mr. Buhari to concede defeat ending the 16 years of the PDP rule.


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  • Arabakpura

    Chei ya! Why is he not running now? So that we can pay him back some more!

  • Emeka

    Not “almost” he actually ruined Nigerians, but God with HIS infinite mercy turned things around by the coming of this great and selfless man, in the person of pmb, on whose leadership the masses are regaining confidence and hope for survival. Things are rough at the moment though, but we know the cause, and God the creator of the universe and all living things in it, must surely see us through this trying times, IJMN.

    • John A

      Why can’t you use your tribes name?

      • Bo Biz

        Is he not Onye Igbo? There are still a few of us that are not praying for Buhari’s failure or demise.

      • Ade Omowest

        Most reasonable Ndigbo are not happy with Jonathan’s handling of the country economic/political situation and they are also in support of PMB. It’s only ignorant Biafraud Nnamdi Kanu’s e-rat supporters like you that hate this government.

        • John A

          Advanced yoruba wayward that’s what you are.

          • Ade Omowest

            And what are you? Brainless Biafraud Agitator ‘BBA’.

  • lanre

    I wish he would run for president in 2019.

    At least he may be able to explain to Nigerians how he and his fortunato gang looted the country non-stop for 6 years!

    • Julius

      bi ooo. Yes indeed. All I can do is …smdh,lolz. We have a bunch of delusional people in this country. Maybe Ibori will also consider running. You never know.

  • Nkem

    See this buffoon.

  • Haba Mallam

    Please run again. Idiota

  • www.electionoffenders.ng

    Is this a joke?

  • truth

    Nigeria is yet to recover from your misrule. Dont even try local govt chairman pls

  • zygote

    You can’t win an election to lead a vigilante group and you are talking of president. Just want to be relevant again. Nonsense!

  • Black Pope

    Somebody that could not even manage his wife. I wish there was no official agreement not to prosecute him, I trust PMB should have sent him to prison by now where he rightly belong with his gang members

    • thusspokez

      Somebody that could not even manage his wife.

      His wife demonstrates the freedom and how liberated women from that area are — unlike where ever you came from. I bet, you chain your wife to the cooker. Or if you are a woman, you allow your husband to chain you.

  • Ade Omowest

    Noooooo, Dr. Fortunato Jonathan must run in 2019 to continue the LOOTING of the treasuries as Mega Party preparation is in advance stage for him to lead. The Senate Leadership led by Saraki is also clipping the anti-corruption wing of President Buhari to weaken APC by 2019. Bring Back JONAH, We “Love” you.

  • Malik Isah

    eee yaaa, why now ?

  • Noble

    Exactly! That is what a child says when he is canned for misbehavour….. I will never misbehave again!! Thank you GEJ. We already know that you are completely unqualified to rule Naija.

  • NayouSabi

    No one is asking you to run, you had your chance, but you blew it. So shut up and enjoy your loots.

  • Rommel

    With those allocated votes,let him jump in but only after his backers have survived the judicial onslaught that will be visiting them for graft and money laundry in 2017, only then would we know how many of his men will be left standing

    • senderous illy

      guy 2015, 2016 nw 2017 y r u guys still deceiving urselves

  • Jacky

    He can try us if he wants but he can’t even win his party’s nomination to start with.

  • marc umeh

    ” I won’t run for president in 2019″, should have been ” I won’t DARE run for president in 2019″.

  • Mufu Ola

    If he had attempted to come,I would have find all possible means to purchase a speacilist gun with mercury bullet.

  • Mosley

    If Buhari who was disgraced from office as military head of state was able to form his own political party to hoodwink gullible Nigerians and become president, Jonathan is even more qualified to run in 2019. What are the offences committed by Jonathan that these fools in this forum thinks disqualify him from contesting for presidency. There is no offence when there is no conviction. Reports of judicial panel are not acceptable as basis for disqualification. Even indictments by the DSS, EFCC, presidential panel etc without a conviction by a competent court of law is absolute nullity. The hawks in power now may and don’t want Jonathan. So, better let the man stay away and enjoy his life and at the appropriate time decide to exercise his right to contest as any other Nigerian.

    • tundemash

      So test your theory; go do a million-man march to Otuoke and ask him to contest just as you deceived the man in 2015.

    • Karl Imom

      Only pathetic tribalists do NOT see Jonathan as a BIG Thief who should have been in jail along side with criminals like Dasuki who only carried out his orders to vacuum the Central Bank of Nigeria.

  • Muhammad

    Jonathan may not be a saint .
    But his trappings and missteps are beginning to demand for a review of perspectives .
    If his age was consumed by the office , is the older fairer ? And what informed the learneds of the eighth session of our National Assembly that lowering the age is better ? If the spirits that co-rule with the incumbents of Aso Rock what should we expect from a non spiritualist ? If a Ph D can be so rubbished what do the legislators plan in amendment ?
    Goodluck has come out more intelligent than those who scream in love or hatred of him .

  • Silas

    In my Personal opinion if GEJ contest in 2019, He may win following his tract record of Governance and humility except corruption. What can make a nation ”developed” is GDP and he has that record. So if he has the ambition he should strategise well and boldly come out though too early now. he will have sympathy votes from Nigerians and the ”powers that be”. My message to GEJ is dat if incase he contest and win, he should work on the area of corruption and his family very well!!!

    • Karl Imom

      That GDP was fake – criminally manipulated by Okonjo Iweala to create an impression that she an economic wizard. Fake economy is the reason why Nigeria is in a serious ressession now.

  • isaac

    Even if you run, who will vote for you?

  • Baba B

    Wonders shall never end indeed. Them dey hunt for beautiful ones, pig pikin sef dey hide.

  • Comfortkay

    Chief Dr Azikwe Ebele Jonathan your time is over enjoy the Title of Ex-President and enjoy your pension. Nigerian will never vote for you again. Please buried your dreams with those pushing you. Nigerian is more political civilized.