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Lay bare your ambition, Niger Deltans tell Jonathan

AMID the nationwide confusion, concealment and official denial of former President Goodluck Jonathan joining the All Progressives Congress, APC, to run for the party’s 2023 presidential ticket, a cross-section of Niger-Delta citizens have called on the ex-president to put his cards on the table.

Stakeholders, who spoke to Vanguard on Friday, insisted that it would be outrageous for the former President, with his hard-earned integrity and self-respect, to join forces with APC that bullied him out of  power in 2015.

Two-time Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy in Bayelsa state, Chief Nathan Egba-Ologo, said:  “The whole situation is still shrouded in uncertainty as the principal player in the whole drama is yet to make a categorical statement on it.

“However, all the indications seem to point in the direction of his joining the race.

“In which case, it can be assumed that former President Jonathan must have definitely gotten the necessary assurances and clearances that has given him the confidence of not only getting the party’s ticket,  but that he also stands a good chance of winning the general election.

“For me even in spite of the frenzy of activities, I still consider the situation speculative and so would prefer to wait and hear the former President declare his desire to contest and his reasons before expressing my opinion about it.”

Former Principal Private Secretary to Jonathan, ex-Special Adviser on Parasatals in the Presidency and Publisher, EnvironmentWatch, Braeyi Ekiye, opined: “Life is full of choices, former President Goodluck Jonathan should be allowed to make his choice; to decide for himself, bringing into bear the variables before him.

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