A group called Jonathan Dawo Dawo Network (Network for the return of Jonathan) has said they are mobilising resources to bring back former President Goodluck Jonathan to the 2023 presidential race.
The Arewa Co-ordinator, Isa Kaskasara, noted this in a statement on Monday in Kano. He said it would be a national sacrifice to draft back the former president.
Kaskasara noted that the country was at crossroads, adding that “We need a man of candour, with experience in self-discipline and national life, to navigate us from troubled water.”
The statement titled, “Why Jonathan’s candidacy is an option for better Nigeria” said, “our current situation at best can no longer be trusted in the hands of ill-experienced politicians whose contact and influence radiates within shallow boundaries.”
Kaskasara said, “Jonathan is a quintessential statesman whose approach to exercising power and authority had in no small way boosted participatory democracy in Nigeria. At this auspicious time of our national life, we need a personality whose understanding of the polity will guarantee the right to stability. Nation-building thrives on inherent nationalism, self-discipline, and policies that identify limitations of state power.”
He stressed that Jonathan’s commitment to nation-building was exemplified by the non-criticism of sitting and former leaders.
“Managing a secular state like Nigeria is certainly not for the loudmouth. We must recognise that it’s a job for an outstanding team player like Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“We in the north were there for him before, and we are set to mobilise resources to bring him back to continue national sacrifice. We call on Nigerians to join us in this quest for a better Nigeria”, Kaskasara stated.
Meanwhile, a political pressure group, Citizens Network for Peace and Development in Nigeria (CNPD), has urged the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to adopt former President Goodluck Jonathan as its party’s candidate for the 2023 presidential election.
Ralph Okorie, the group’s National Coordinator, made the call at a news conference in Abuja on Monday. He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to endorse the Jonathan project.
“There is a need for experience and continuity. The two enjoy the most cordial relationship that had ever existed between an incumbent and his immediate predecessor,” he said.