Leaders would choose a new chairman for the 54-member pan-African body in a secret ballot at the African Union summit opening on Sunday.
The leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are campaigning for Jonathan to run for the position, which has been occupied by the President of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, for the past year.
"Quite a number of African leaders have been approaching him and encouraging him to be the candidate for the next chairman of the African Union," said the source, who spoke of the condition of anonymity.
"If it is the consensus of (ECOWAS) that he should run for the chairmanship of the African Union, I doubt if he will be able to tell his colleagues that he will not listen to them," he added.
Diplomatic sources had earlier said Gambian President Yahya Jammeh or
However, the source confirmed that
ECOWAS leaders were meeting on the margins of the AU summit in
The next chairman would come from the west African region to replace Obiang, whose election was condemned by rights group over his poor rights record at home.
Elections for the key post of chairperson Commission of the African Union will also take place at the summit, with the incumbent Jean Ping taking on
Both sides say they are optimistic ahead of the secret ballot slated for Monday, with sources close to Gabonese-born Jean Ping say he is confident of his re-election.
Ping has the support of much of French-speaking West and