Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has accepted to re-contest for the post of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

This is coming barely twenty-four hours after dissociating himself from moves by some groups to draft him into the 2023 presidential race.

Former President Good luck Jonathan

Nigeria is set to go to the polls next year in a crowded contest parading many contestants in both the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and several opposition parties, including the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

On May 9th, Jonathan had rejected presidential expression of interest and nomination forms bought for him by people described as nomadic Fulani pastoralists and Almajiri communities.

He was quoted as saying that it was an insult for people to buy the form for him without his consent.

Reports say the former President had joined the APC formally, having registered at his Otuoke Ward in Bayelsa and was expected to submit his completed APC expression of interest and nomination forms bought for him earlier in the week by Fulani groups and pastoralists’ communities on Thursday.

According to reports, the former president has secured the support of the required number of APC delegates from across the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory.

Jonathan, who lost power to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, was born in 1957 in the Ogbia district in Bayelsa State.

He was previously of the PDP on whose platform he ruled Nigeria until he lost the presidential election to Buhari in 2015.

Story: Hilda Katu