As speculations continue that former President Goodluck Jonathan is contemplating contesting for Nigeria’s Director General of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), Dr. Salihu Lukman, has warned former President Goodluck Jonathan against vying for the presidency in 2023.
In a piece entitled, “APC’s High-Profile Membership Recruitment and Issues for 2023,”
Lukman said that Jonathan stands the risk of diminishing his hard-earned reputation if the alleged bid fails to materialise.
The PGF DG, wondered why Jonathan’s reported move was being reduced to issue of contesting election.
According to him, the likes of Jonathan deserve to be given moral leadership roles in the APC board of trustees in the event he joins the party.
Lukman said: “Assuming someone like former President Jonathan agrees to join the APC and he fails to emerge as the presidential candidate of the party for the 2023 election, what will happen to him?
“As Nigerians, we must begin to take steps to protect our leaders. As APC members, we campaigned against former President Jonathan in 2015. As President, the ex-leader made every effort to block the emergence of APC in 2013.”
“But those should not be the reference point. The reference point should be the historic decision of former President Jonathan to concede defeat in 2015 even before the final votes were counted.
“With that, former President Jonathan ranked himself as one of those who fought and defended Nigeria’s democracy. On no account therefore, should any political party be allowed to push former President Jonathan to diminish his stature, either as an aspirant or a candidate for any office. Doing so will mean that we want him to gamble away all his legendary achievements.”