Former president, Goodluck Jonathan has charged presidential flag bearers of parties to conduct their campaigns in a manner devoid of acrimony in the build up to the 2023 general election.
Newsonline reports that the former president in a congratulatory message Jonathan said all the presidential flag bearers are elected and fit for the position of Nigeria president.
“I congratulate the winners of the various primaries across the political spectrum, particularly Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP).
“They include Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Malik Ado-Ibrahim, Young Progressives Party (YPP), Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Dumebi Kachikwu, African Democratic Congress (ADC), as well as Adewole Adebayo of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
“Your emergence as the flag bearers of your parties after submitting yourselves to a rigorous selection and election processes demonstrates your belief and interest in the progress of our nation.
“I urge you to conduct your campaigns in a manner devoid of acrimony, divisiveness and treachery so that at the end of the day, Nigeria will win, democracy will triumph and humanity will be better for it.
Ex-president Jonathan called on the presidential flag bearers to run campaign that is issue based on problems confronting the country and credible solutions.
He reminded the candidates that “Nigeria is our common heritage which we should all strive to protect, prosper and preserve for the future generation.”
The former president reinstated, ” As I have always said, no ambition is worth the life of another. As candidates, you must eschew violence and acts that will encourage any form of bloodletting or exacerbate the national fault lines.”
He urged “all stakeholders to place national interest above personal interest. We must commit to upholding virtues that will sustain our democracy and advance the cause of good governance, peace and sustainable development.”