Usman Mohammed, Secretary of the Fulani Group, has vowed that former President Goodluck Jonathan will not leave the country until he accepts the All Progressive Congress’ presidential expression of interest and nomination forms.
The group, made up of nomadic Fulani and Almajiri communities, stormed the International Conference Centre in Abuja on Monday evening in order to obtain the forms.
The purchase of APC presidential forms by Jonathan on Monday prompted Nigerians to wonder if he was seriously considering a return to Aso Rock on the platform of the ruling party.
In response to the report, the ex-Bayelsa deputy governor distanced himself from the alleged APC presidential form, which he called an insult.
He disclosed in a statement issued on Monday night by his spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze, that he didn’t authorise the purchase.
The statement read, “It has come to our notice that a group has purportedly purchased Presidential Nomination and Expression of Interest forms of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the name of former President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“We wish to categorically state that Dr. Jonathan was not aware of this bid and did not authorise it.
“I believe you are aware of how we blocked his office in the FCT during our rallies in Kano, Suleja, Minna, and Abuja, and forced him to come out to address journalists. It is the same approach.
“If he doesn’t accept our form, we won’t let him out of Nigeria,” he said.
Why we want Jonathan as President.
According to him, the Fulani pastoralists opted for the choice of Jonathan out of the almost 30 APC presidential candidates because of his patriotism and love for Nigeria.
Mohammed explained that his people were compelled to sell their livestock to raise money for the nomination forms because of the development he brought into the Fulani and Almajiri schools.
“Jonathan is a Christian with a heart of Muslim. When he was president, he supported Almajiri schools, took care of our children, and fed them in many Northern States.
“The money for the nomination form was contributed by Fulani cattle rearers in the country. We saw some media reporting Miyetti Allah or Northern Youths. That’s not true.
“Besides, he is the most experienced of all the APC presidential candidates. None of the other candidates has ever been president of the country, including Tinubu.
“He is a man who loves Nigerians and loves other people’s children more than his own. We need him to continue with his Almajiri school project, especially in Kano where we have over three million of these students. None of them bought uniforms with their money,” he said.
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan joins APC.
Although there hasn’t been any official statement from the former president of Nigeria Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, there are strong indication that the Beyelsa man is already an APC member.