Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, a newfound ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, has changed his mind and joined 26 other contenders in the fight for the ruling All Progressive Congress’ ticket in next year’s presidential election.
President Buhari ousted Dr. Jonathan, then a candidate for the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in 2015. Now Jonathan has joined the party he lost to, ending speculation about his political future. Sources told Africa Review that the former president formally joined the APC after registering in his community of Otuoke in Bayelsa.
The exit came hours after a coalition formed from northern socio-cultural groups formed mainly of Fulani people, paid N100 million ($240,700) to obtain the Presidential Interest Form from the ruling party.
Last week, President Buhari appointed all cabinet ministers and other political Officers with political ambitions in 2023 Election to resign no later than May 16, 2022.
The other notable contenders are Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the ruling party; current Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; and more than 13 cabinet ministers and incumbent governors.
Valid candidates outside of the mainstream government include current Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Godwin Emefiele. The bank is the warehouse for election material, by the way.
The parties to beat in the 2023 general election are the ruling party and the PDP, with the latter having already screened 17 candidates and 15 agreeing to go ahead with the primaries .
The front line candidates of the PDP are former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Senate President Bukola Sarak, current Governor of Sokoto State Aminu Tambuwa, former Governor of Anambra State Peter Obi and current Governor of the Rivers State, Nysom Wike .
The announcement of the resignations of all prospective candidates was made by Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed after the meeting of the Federal Executive chaired by the President at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on 11 April 2019. May , 2022 in Abuja. More than six ministers have resigned in less than 24 hours of the directive.
The position of President, which affects all currently serving elected officials, follows the provisions of the 1999 Constitution.
< p>The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the election schedule covering the presidency, governorship and national assembly, as well as state governors.
INEC has a June 4, 2022 deadline for all parties to submit the list of presidential candidates that emerged after their primary elections.
Under the 2022 Election Act, as amended, political parties have three ways of conducting their primary elections – direct election tickets, indirect ticket by voting, and consensus.< /p>
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, pledged last week that he will ensure that the elections continue to be better, freer, fairer, more credible and more inte become more gratuitous.
Meanwhile, while the screening of aspirants continues, the The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has indicated that it should be involved in the process by providing drug testing for all aspirants conducts application to participate in screening.
“We have campaigned and will continue to campaign for drug testing for politicians. I have recommended drug testing be included in the screening process.
“I think given the rampant drug use by some officers, it would be good if we were able to test them and know how mentally they are.” and they are physically fit,” he said.
Presidential and National Assembly elections are scheduled for February 2023.