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General News of Thursday, 16 March 2023


I never wanted to be a vice president but that was my destiny - Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan Former President Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed that he never wanted to be Vice President during the tenure of the late Musa Yar’Adua in 2007.

He said when he was chosen as the vice presidential candidate of the party, he wept. He said he later had to embrace it as his destiny.

Goodluck Jonathan made this known when he paid a condolence visit to governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State over the death of his father at Sampou Community in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state.

He said;

“As a leader in the country who had the privilege of serving at the state level and national level, I can only advise that politics is not about that you must be there.

If God wants you to be there, you will be there. If it is not yet your turn to be there, you will not be there. When I became a vice president I almost cried, I never wanted to, but that was my destiny and I had to move.

So, I advise people who are interested in these offices and their supporters to conduct themselves very well. They want to serve us, not to serve themselves.

I always tell people that if you are so ambitious, then go into business. If you want to be in the state assembly and people don’t want you, fine, go and sleep.

You want to be a governor and people don’t want you, go and sleep or do business. But if you want to serve us as people then you must be humble and you will not kill us before you serve us.

So, people must conduct themselves peacefully and if God wants them to win their elections, they will win their elections,” Jonathan said.

Jonathan was the Governor of Bayelsa state when he was selected to be the running mate of late Yar’Adua in 2007 on the the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP.

Having won the election, he served as the Vice President for three years before the passing of Yar’Adua.

He then assumed office as President of Nigeria and completed their tenure. He went on to contest the 2011 election and won for another four years.

However, in 2015, he contested again and lost his re-election to Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).