Former President Goodluck Jonathan recently revealed that he had not wanted to be Vice President when he was chosen to run alongside the late Musa Yar’Adua in 2007. He expressed that he was overcome with emotion when he was selected, but accepted it as his destiny. Jonathan made this statement while paying a condolence visit to Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State over the death of his father at Sampou Community in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state.
The former President advised those who are interested in political offices and their supporters to conduct themselves properly, as they should be serving the people, not themselves. He suggested that if they are too ambitious, they should go into business instead. Jonathan reminded them to be humble and not to harm others in order to serve them.
Jonathan was Governor of Bayelsa State before he was selected as Yar’Adua’s running mate in the 2007 presidential election. They won the election and he served as Vice President for three years until Yar’Adua’s passing. Jonathan then assumed office as President of Nigeria and completed their tenure. He was re-elected in 2011 and served for another four years before losing his re-election bid to Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015.