A picture that went popular on Facebook on Tuesday implied that former President Goodluck Jonathan was virtually screened at the just ended All Progressives Congress presidential screening at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.
Full Text: George Bakpo, a Facebook user, posted on his handle, “Boom! Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has appeared through ZOOM from Italy before the APC presidential screening committee. Because of a prolonged internet network difficulty, he was asked to bow and depart.
As of the time of this report, there have been 42 shares, 16 comments, and 16 responses on the post.
The message was accompanied by an image of the former president in front of a desktop computer, suggesting he was participating in a virtual meeting.
Using Google Reverse Image Search, SHAUNTV discovered that the image was captured for the first time in September 2020, when the former president addressed a special virtual panel of Commonwealth member nations discussing 40 years of election observation expertise.
Also, using the Tin Eye fact-checking tool, it was determined that the image first appeared online on September 17, 2020, when the former president addressed Commonwealth member nations and urged them to enhance election quality.
On May 9, 2022, it was reported that former President Jonathan has submitted his expression of interest and nomination forms to run for president on the platform of the All Progressives Congress in the 2023 election (APC).
Reportedly, a coalition of northern organisations picked up the forms at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja on behalf of Jonathan.
The following day, on May 10, Jonathan rejected the expression of interest and nomination papers purchased for him to compete in the APC presidential primary.
Ikechukwu Eze, who serves as his media adviser, announced the refusal.
It has been brought to the attention of His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, that a group has supposedly acquired the Presidential Nomination and Expression of Interest forms of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in his name.
“We wish to state absolutely that Dr. Jonathan was unaware of and did not authorise this bid.”
In an unexpected turn of events, however, the Federal High Court in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, authorised Mr. Jonathan to run for president in 2023 last week.
The judge, Isa Dashen, stated in his ruling that Mr. Jonathan’s right to run for the presidency a second time cannot be restricted by a retroactive statute.
In spite of human rights attorney Femi Falana’s assertion that the former president cannot run in the 2023 presidential election due to constitutional clauses banning him from seeking re-election, the ruling caused concern.
Mr. Jonathan, who was president of Nigeria from 2010 to 2015, would violate constitutional term restrictions of two terms of eight years if he campaigns for and wins the office again.
APC, which conducted its presidential screening on May 30 and 31, according to SHAUNTV, released a 23-person list that did not include the former president.
During the screening conducted by Mr. John Oyegun, the former president was attending an international event in Milan, Italy.
“I arrived in Milan, Italy, in order to attend this year’s high-level advisory board meeting of the European Corporate Council on Africa and the Middle East (ECAM Council), which was held in Como, an ancient city.
Jonathan commented, “I am excited to be a part of ECAM Council’s innovative efforts to promote more productive investment in health, education, and other social services in Africa and the Middle East.”
Checks conducted by SHAUNTV indicate that former President Goodluck Jonathan did not participate physically or virtually in the just ended presidential screening of the APC, as depicted in the image. Therefore, Daily Trust determined the assertion to be FALSE.