Former President Goodluck Jonathan said he did not want to be vice president when he was chosen to contest alongside the late President Musa Yar’Adua.
Jonathan disclosed this during his condolence visit to Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, over the death of the governor’s father at Sampou, Bayelsa State on Wednesday.
He was picked as a running mate to late President Musa Yar’Adua under the then-ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) while he was serving as Bayelsa State governor in 2007.
Jonathan served as the vice president for three years before Yar’Adua’s death and assumed office as president of Nigeria to complete their tenure.
He contested and won the 2011 election for another four years, but he lost his re-election bid to President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015.
“As a leader in the country who had the privilege of serving at the state level and national level, I can only advise that politics is not about that you must be there. If God wants you to be there, you will be there,” Jonathan said.
“If it is not yet your turn to be there, you will not be there. When I became a vice president I almost cried, I never wanted to, but that was my destiny and I had to move.
So, I advise people who are interested in these offices and their supporters to conduct themselves very well. They want to serve us, not to serve themselves.”