Former President Goodluck Jonathan was asked by a group, the Northern Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF), not to visit the Presidency in 2023.
On Tuesday, the group addressing a news conference in the Adamawa State capital, Yola, said that although Goodluck Jonathan acquitted himself well as president, particularly by humbly admitting defeat in the 2015 election and ensuring a smooth transition to the current government, the odds against him are high.
National Forum Chairman Elliot Afiyo told newsmen at the news conference that Jonathan went against the interests of the North when he contested and won the 2011 presidential election, contrary to an earlier agreement he signed, a development that he said the North still recalls.
He added that even under a Northern president, the insurgency that Goodluck Jonathan battled but failed to curtail is still a threat and that the North would prefer a Northerner as president for a greater chance of eventually taming the insurgency.
“You remember the difficulty of the Jonathan Presidency over the Boko Haram insurgents. He was even accused of deliberately encouraging insurgency to undermine the North,” Afiyo said.
The forum also rejected the possibility of the next president coming from the Northwest, and warned All Progressives Congress (APC) against zoning its presidential seat to the Northwest towards 2019.
It advised the party to instead zone its presidential ticket to the southwest to compensate the region for its support that ensured President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in 2015 and 2019.
Making the point that the Northwest had produced two presidents and a vice president in recent times, Afiyo said, “We want to advise our elders and elite from the Northwest to shelve any interest in the presidency or vice Presidency come 2023 for the unity of the Northern region.”