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 “We chose to make this clarification
just to set the record straight, especially as a number of the former
President’s close associates have been asking questions about the blatant
statement credited to Lamido”.
This
was the submission coming from former president Jonathan in reaction to the
out-bust of former minister of external affairs, Sule Lamido alleging that the
recent election that took place in the home state of former President Jonathan
in Bayelsa state seeing the All Progressive Congress (APC) winning its
counterparts from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was a trade-off.


Reacting
further, former President stated that the allegations by a former Governor of
Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, that he traded off Bayelsa State was incorrect and a
blackmail.
Jonathan
made this statement through his Media Adviser, Mr ikechukwu Eze
Eze
said it was not only in Bayelsa State that the country had experienced such  a situation where Peoples Democratic Party or even the All Progressives Congress
had lost elections to another party.
He
stated that holding Jonathan responsible for the PDP’s loss in Bayelsa without
first investigating the issues that determined the fate suffered by the party
in the state was not only disingenuous but also detrimental to the image and
aspirations of the party.
He
stated that it was true that Jonathan, who is a former deputy Governor and
Governor of Bayelsa States, as well as former Vice President and President of Nigeria,
was loved and respected by his people.
He
stated that however, it will be tantamount to playing God for anybody to expect
that the former President should command a vice-like grip on every Bayelsan in
all the local government areas in his state.
Eze
said, “Jonathan would want to counsel Lamido and others in his shoes to look at
their national passports. They would see that their citizenship is Nigeria. We
are first Nigerians before we are members of any political party or social
organisation. If Lamido does not know that, then it is a pity.
 “Where
was Lamido when Jonathan campaigned vigorously and helped the PDP to win
Bayelsa governorship election in 2015, under the same President Buhari?”
Eze
also said it was untrue that Jonathan traded off Bayelsa so that he would not
implicated the Malabu oil scam.
According
to him, Lamido probably knows very little about the Malabu case, for
which, Eze said, he was not supposed to have commented.
He
explained that the Malabu oil block was not given out by Jonathan.
According
to him, it was a deal that was sealed during the time of late Head of State,
Gen. Sani Abacha.
Eze
said, “Jonathan is convinced that Lamido’s intervention in this matter was
deliberately designed as a form of blackmail.
“We
call on anyone, including Lamido, who has any shred of evidence linking
former President Jonathan to any wrongdoing in the case of the Malabu incident
to waste no time in publishing such evidence or forever remain silent”.
Having
tried many other ways to discredit the former President to no avail, Lamido
is now scheming to project Malabo as Jonathan’s Achilles heel. Here again he
has failed because the true story of Malabo is already very well known to
Nigerians.
Eze
said that Jonathan is innocent of the Malabu scam.
According
to him, Jonathan did not ask for or collect any bribes over the Malabu deal,
neither had he been charged for asking or collecting bribes, neither will he
ever be charged with asking for or collecting bribes, because such never
happened.

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