The All Progressives Congress (APC) has revealed that former president, Goodluck Jonathan is among twenty five presidential aspriants that have submitted their nomination and expression of interest forms after the purchase.
This was disclosed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Barr. Felix Morka, on Wednesday May 18, 2022 while speaking on Channels TV.
According to him, twenty eight individual obtained the N100,000,000 presidential forms, however, three didn’t submit the forms after the purchase.
Those that did not submit their forms are, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele and the Minister of Petroleum for State, Timipreye Sylva.
Felix Morka said; “For some of them, it’s a bit iffy. What I have this time, we’ve 28 who purchased form and at the last count, we have 25 who made submission.
“But three of them did not. They’re Senator Chris Ngige, Godwin Emefiele and then we have Timipre Sylva,” he said.
With the statement, this could suggest that the presidential forms bought for the likes of former President Goodluck Jonathan and African Development Bank boss, Akinwumi Adesina, were actually submitted.
The AfDB President Adesina, had recently dismissed claims that he is running for the presidency.
This was after a coalition of 28 groups purchased and submitted the nomination and expression of interest forms of the APC on behalf of Adesina.
Though Adesina in a statement issued on Tuesday May 17, 2022, maintained that he is not running for president, it is not clear if those who bought the forms have the capacity to fill them by themselves and also submit them.
There are speculations that the APC postponed the screening of its presidential aspirants to May 23 to allow Jonathan and others to submit their nomination forms, but the party’s mouthpiece could confirm that all forms, including that of Jonathan, have been submitted except three.
Former President of Nigeria, Jonathan had said he did not authorize the APC presidential nomination form purchased for him by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association.
He admonished those behind the charade to desist from further defacing his name and urged Nigerians to disregard it.
But barely 48 hours after dissociating himself from moves by some groups to draft him into the 2023 presidential race, Jonathan reportedly joined the APC in Bayelsa and finally made up his mind to vie for the top post.
Meanwhile, the has again adjusted its schedule of activities for the presidential, governorship, National Assembly, and state House of Assembly primary elections.
The primaries for Governorship and House of Representatives hold on May 26, 2022, while the primaries for Senate and House of Assembly is slated for Friday May 27, 2022.
The special convention for presidential primaries is scheduled to hold between May 29 to May 30, 2022.