Jonathan became the first sitting president to be defeated in an election and he made history by handing over to Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress without contesting the result in court. Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan There were reports that the former president declared his presidential interest today, Wednesday, July 6 but he has come out to deny this. Vanguard reports that Ikechuwkw Eze who is the media aide to Jonathan said the report was false. He said the former president never made any declaration on the 2019 election. Meanwhile the speculation surrounding another presidential come back for the former Nigerian president will be a surprise to many Nigerians. This is given the fact that Jonathan was defeated by the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 historic presidential election. The win had ensured that the opposition All Progressives Congress took power after sixteen years of the Peoples Democratic Party’s dominance of power at the center. The defeat made it the first time in Nigerian history that power was transferred from a ruling party to the opposition in a democracy. Jonathan who secured 44 percent of the vote did the unusual by African standards in a continent that has gained notoriety for her sit-tight-leaders. The then President had called Buhari to concede defeat. That singular call was viewed by some Nigerians as a saving grace that had prevented the country from spiraling into violence.
Former president Goodluck Jonathan has said that he will not contest for the presidency in 2019.