Goodluck Jonathan Says Nigerians Chased Him Out of Aso Rock
Jonathan vowed not to contest for presidency again.
Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has ruled out the possibility of him contesting for Nigeria’s presidency again despite rumours making the rounds that the former Bayelsa State governor could return to the presidential villa.
Jonathan’s decision not to contest again is contained in Nathaniel Bivan’s book ‘My Time As Chaplain In Aso Rock.’ The book narrates the experiences of Obima Onwuzurumba who was Aso Rock’s Chaplain during the tenure of President Jonathan.
In the book, Jonathan talked about being pursued out of office by Nigerians who felt he was not good enough, and vowed not to stoop low to campaigning for the office again. President Jonathan also talked about enjoying the drama that unfolded when he was being urged to contest for presidency again.
“I was enjoying the drama. At least they are not insulting me. After all, I was pursued out of the office that I was not good enough. So, if now, Nigerians are saying, ‘Oh, this man should come,’ that means they are cleaning me up. So, let me enjoy the drama. If you wake up tomorrow and see that I’m President again, that means there may have been circumstances beyond my control. But not to go and pick one form and go and start lobbying people and running for campaigns, be it PDP power or APC broom and moving across Nigeria. I can’t do that again; if I do that, I will diminish myself.”
Jonathan left office in 2015 after loosing the presidential election to President Muhammadu Buhari.