By our reporter| Former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokiri has dismissed media reports linking former President Goodluck Jonathan running on a joint ticket with Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai for the 2023 presidency.
A report in an online publication and in fact, various publications suggested that Jonathan will contest the 2023 presidential election on the platform of the ruling All Congress Party with El-Rufai as his likely running mate.
But in an interview with Punch Online programme, ‘The Roundtable, Omokri described such reports as pure lie as El-Rufai would be the last person on earth Jonathan would ever think of running with for the presidency.
“That story featured in Sahara Reporters. Sahara Reporters is owned by Omoyele Sowore who has a close working relationship with El-rufai. Their relationship is very close, there are things we knew about when we were in government, they are trying to put that story out there to put pressure to promote the presidential candidate of El-Rufai, Omokiri said.
“I spoke to former President Jonathan just before this interview. That story is a lie, quote me. Nasir El-Rufai will be the last person if former President Jonathan is thinking of running, of which he is not even thinking of running. If he is to run, not a character like El-Rufai, not a religious bigot, ethnic bigot, a man who said Jonathan has spent N63 billion on independent day celebration on which this government, APC government released a statement that he is a liar.
“A man former president Olusegun Obasanjo in his own book called a liar. Is that the kind of person that any right-thinking individual will want to run with?”
Omokri also denied reports that his former principal was planning to dump the PDP for the ruling APC to realise his 2023 ambition was a lie.
He said, “Former President Jonathan has been in one party throughout his life and right now he is 63. In all his life, he has been in one party, he does not have that kind of history and reputation.
“I am 47 years old and in all my life, I have only been associated with one party, to the best of my knowledge, Jonathan is not leaving the party, he is a very loyal person just like me.”