In preparation for the 2023 general elections, Osita Chidoka, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain, and Former Aviation Minister, has reportedly made it known that former President Goodluck Jonathan will come out boldly to declare his intentions to run for the presidency if he wants to do so without being lured.
Chidoka reportedly disclosed this in an interview on Arise TV on Saturday.
He stated, “As for President Goodluck Jonathan, I have not discussed #GEJiscoming with him. In the last conversation I had with him, he wasn’t indicating interest to run for any public office. He is in a good place because he represents something that every part of the country can relate to.”
According to him, ” He has learnt his lessons from his time in office. He is in that position that he is the leading light of the PDP as he came into power from Deputy Governor to President in the PDP. I believe his political future would be determined by making public choices.”
The former Minister emphasized, “There is no need to lure him to the race. [The] President Jonathan I know, if he has made up his mind to run, would indicate so, and I am sure he will if he makes up his mind to run.”
Commenting on the kind of Igbo leader he would recommend to be president, Chidoka reportedly stated that, “I don’t want to recommend to them (Nigeria) the Igbo man they should choose. It is a contest. It is Nigerians who have to be fair to every ethnic group.”
He noted “When President Buhari won in 2015, he had to hire foreign consultants to change his image. To show him wearing suits and Isiagwu so as to convince the rest of the country that Buhari is for everybody and not for anybody.”
He posited, “If you know that that is what needs to be done, I am of the view that among the Igbo of today, there is a lot of soul-searching about who we are and our role in Nigeria and how we can thrive in Nigeria. But I think there is a clause that is necessary. Nigeria should indicate to the Igbo the kind of expectation they want of the Igbo person who they would want to deal with in Nigeria.”
He added that, “That will go a long way in strengthening the arm of Igbo who wants to engage in Nigeria. This soul searching going on in Igboland because they feel the pain of the Igbo man is not been dealt with. The rest of the country can also indicate how they want to go ahead to show that the Igbo are part and parcel of Nigeria.”
Passing remarks on the kind of leader needed in Nigeria, Chidoka reportedly noted that, “Nigeria needs one who is going to combine the strength of a knowledgeable person and the passion of making Nigeria a united country and give every Nigeria a sense of belonging in the Nigerian project.”
He maintained that, “Our president needs to be deeply knowledgeable. It is not going to be fancy talks this time.”