Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has spoken about the enormous pressure he is facing to contest for the presidential election in 2019.
In a report attributed to NewsDay, former president Jonathan revealed that he has been besieged by pleas from friends and family to contest the 2019 election.
The former president said he has been receiving calls, messages and mails from both home and abroad urging him to contest the next election.
President Goodluck made this known while addressing some of his kinsmen and relatives who paid him an end-of-the-year visit in his hometown, Otueke, Bayelsa State.
NewsDay reports that a number of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains and party leaders, are desperate to have Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as the PDP’s flag bearer come 2019. The party leaders are of the firm belief that Goodluck Jonathan would be the best candidate who can relaunch the party into the helm of power in Nigeria.
At 59, Jonathan still belongs to the younger generation of politicians considering the age of current President Muhammadu Buhari. Goodluck Jonathan was in power from 2010, he won the 2011 presidential election and was in power till 2015. In the 2015 presidential election, Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat by calling General Muhammadu Buhari to congratulate even before the election was over.
Jonathan, however, said he was not thinking of running for office now, as he believes he has done his best for Nigeria.