Jonathan Says He Is Under Pressure To Contest For Presidency In 2019


Former Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan has said he is under intense pressure to contest in the 2019 presidential elections.

According to reports, the former president who disclosed this while addressing his kinsmen who paid him an end of year visit in his hometown, Otueke in Bayelsa State, said he has been he receiving calls, messages and mails from both local and international groups, asking him to contest in 2019.

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Jonathan, however, said he is not thinking of contesting for now, as he believes he has done his best for the country while in service and that he believes that his successor(s) would continue from where he stopped.


Jonathan, who ruled from 2011 to 2015, lost his bid for reelection in last year’s presidential polls to President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress, APC.

The former president has recently revealed he was not forced by anybody, whether within the country or abroad, to concede defeat to president Buhari in the 2015 elections.

Goodluck Jonathan who explained this while speaking at Bingham University in Nasarawa State, after he was conferred with honorary doctorate degree, said his decision was purely because of personal principles and his belief that his ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian.

He said:

“It is my belief that no one’s political ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian. And I am fulfilled knowing that my conceding while the votes were still being compiled, which was born out of my personal principles and convictions, is generating positive impact in other nations. Let me make it clear, that I was not persuaded to do so by anyone within or outside the country. I know it was the right thing to do.

“My mantra ‘my ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian’ is my vow. It was not just a political slogan. One of the reason I convened the 2014 National Conference was to come up with a polity devoid of tension and crisis. A polity that will bring unity to this country. A polity that will not divide us along tribal, ethnic or religious lines.”

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Since leaving office in May 2015, Jonathan’s profile has risen both locally and internationally.