Goodluck Jonathan supporters demand his adoption as consensus candidate at APC HQ

Goodluck Jonathan campaigners

Several supporters of former President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) to adopt him as the party’s consensus candidate.

This is coming after President Muhammadu Buhari urged APC governors to get a consensus candidate for the party’s presidential ticket instead of holding a primary election.  

Addressing reporters in front of the APC secretariat in Abuja, Umar Waja, speaking on behalf of the group, said Jonathan would steer the country to the “promised land” if elected president.

“We are calling on President Buhari and the national working committee (NWC) under the distinguished leader of Senator Abdullahi Adamu to adopt Goodluck Jonathan as their consensus candidate for the betterment of this country,” Waja said.

“We saw what he did during the last six years when he was piloting the affairs of this country. We need him at this crucial time because Nigeria needs to be united and we believe that he will be the only person that will unite this country so that he will take us to the promised land to where we ought to be and where we should be.

“Mr President has made it clear that as far the governors are concerned they have adopted their own concept of bringing out their successors so they should also allow him to bring his successor that is why we want Mr President to bring in Jonathan as consensus candidate.

“At this crucial time, we know Jonathan will lead this country very well. If Jonathan is the consensus candidate, he will win the election convincingly.”

In April, Jonathan told some of his supporters who gathered in front of his home in Abuja that he could not tell if he would contest the presidency.