Former President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed that his is under “intense pressure” to run from the office of president in the 2019 election.
In an interview with Dele Momodu, Ovation Magazine publisher, last week, the immediate past president said he is moved to tears seeing people shouting “GEJ, we want you back”.
Jonathan, who ruled out the possibility of returning to office, said reflections on his achievements and mistakes make him sober.
“I’m not God but I sincerely doubt the possibility,” Jonathan was quoted to have said in response to a question on the next election.
“People come to me every day saying they want me back. I’m always moved to tears whenever I go out and see the huge crowds shouting GEJ, we want you, even in the north.
“Instead of getting swollen headed, I actually reflect on my achievements and mistakes and feel humbled and feel very sober…
“I have never been a man of inordinate ambition. I’m a man of very modest means. I hardly travel because of the logistical costs. I’ve played my part and I have moved on.”
Asked what he would do if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gives him its presidential ticket in 2019, he said: “Are you not aware that our party has zoned the presidency to the north, and the chairmanship to the south?
“Even Fayose that has declared his interest may face big challenges because of the decision of our party.”
The former president also shared some of his calculations concerning the upcoming election season. He expressed confidence in Abubakar Atiku, a former vice president, and his capacity to “give Buhari a good fight” in 2019.