The Umbrella is big enough but there are forces under the rock that are still aggrieved.

Is Jonathan speaking from experience bearing in mind the loss he recorded in 2015 after Obasanjo chose to walk away from the PDP?

There are strong indications that Atiku would contest in the 2019 presidential election, although this has not been made official.

In an interview, Jonathan said Atiku cannot get the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Jonathan said Atiku would perform well on the ticket of the PDP.

He also advised him to reach out to former President Olusegun Obasanjo saying he has also learnt his lessons.

"He can’t get the APC ticket. If Atiku gets our party ticket, he would compete well.

"He’s always a passionate politician. But he would have to reach out to our boss, Baba OBJ, the boss of all bosses.

"We’ve all learnt at different times that you ignore OBJ at your own peril. OBJ has the magic wand, respected at home and abroad…”

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He also spoke about the issue of getting a running mate saying the PDP would do better if it picks a candidate from the south east or south south.

He said: “Strategically, since Professor Osinbajo is already running with Buhari, the South South and South East, remain the most fertile grounds. And there are many brilliant people there waiting for the chance.

"The Governors control some of the richest states in Nigeria except Lagos…”

Bounce News had earlier reported that Jonathan laid to rest speculation that he might contest in the 2019 presidential election despite pressure on him to do so.

According to the former Bayelsa state governor, people come to him every day saying they want him back.

"I’m always moved to tears whenever I go out and see the huge crowds shouting GEJ, we want you, even in the north."

Jonathan expressed happiness that he left power in 2015 without bloodshed or violence.