Former president, Goodluck Jonathan has said Atiku Abubakar cannot get
the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress and hinted
that he should go for that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
There has been speculation that the former vice president would
contest in the 2019 presidential election although this has not been
made official yet.
In an interview published on This Day, Jonathan said Atiku would
perform well on the ticket of the PDP.
He also advised him to reach out to former president Chief Olusegun
Obasanjo saying he has also learnt his lessons.
He said: “He can’t get the APC ticket. If Atiku gets our party ticket,
he would compete well. He’s always a passionate politician. But he
would have to reach out to our boss, Baba OBJ, the boss of all bosses.
We’ve all learnt at different times that you ignore OBJ at your own
peril. OBJ has the magic wand, respected at home and abroad…”
He also spoke about the issue of running mate saying the PDP would do
better picking a candidate from the south east or south south.
He said: “Strategically, since Professor Osinbajo is already running
with Buhari, the South South and South East, remain the most fertile
grounds. And there are many brilliant people there waiting for the
chance. The Governors control some of the richest states in Nigeria
except Lagos…”
Jonathan expressed happiness that he left power in 2015 without
bloodshed or violence.
He said: “I have had the rare opportunity of leading our country at
very critical moments and did my best. I’ve left the rest to posterity
to judge.”