Goodluck Jonathan has sent a message to all presidential candidates that recently emerged from different political parties ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
The former president congratulated Peter Obi, Atiku Abubakar, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and others for clinching the presidential tickets of their respective parties.
The statement was made public Thursday evening.
He urged them to prioritize the peace and stability of Nigeria as they commence the 2023 elections.
The statement read: “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) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who has won the presidential primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the flagbearers of other parties that have also concluded their primaries.
“Your emergence as the flagbearers of your parties after submitting yourselves to a rigorous selection and election processes demonstrates your belief and interest in the progress of our nation.”
He urged that as they progress towards the electioneering campaigns, it is important that the issues confronting the country and credible solutions take centre stage.
“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.
“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 said, citing that all leaders, especially politicians, prioritize the peace and stability of our nation as they commence the activities of 2023 elections.