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I did not trade off Bayelsa. Abacha gave out Malabu Oil Block, not me – Jonathan replies Lamido

Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan during a book presentation in Rivers State

Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has responded to the allegation against him by Sule Lamido, a former Governor of Jigawa, who accused him of trading Bayelsa State to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Jonathan in his reaction to the allegation denied Mr. Lamido’s claim, saying that his statement was incorrect and a blackmail.

He denied rumours that he traded off Bayelsa so that he would not be implicated in the Malabu Oil scam.

The candidate of the APC in the recently conducted Governorship Election in Bayelsa emerged victorious, defeating the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Ex-President after the election hosted the APC governorship candidate and chieftains of the APC who visited his residence in Bayelsa.

However, Jonathan in his response to Lamido in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, said that both the PDP and APC had lost elections in many states across the country, not only in Bayelsa State.

Eze noted that holding Jonathan responsible for the defeat of the PDP without investigating the issues that led to the defeat of the party in Bayelsa was disingenuous, and detrimental to the image and aspirations of PDP.

“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.

 “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.

“Where was Lamido when Jonathan campaigned vigorously and helped the PDP to win Bayelsa governorship election in 2015, under the same President Buhari?”

Speaking further on the Malabu Oil case, Jonathan noted that Lamido should not have commented on it because he knows nothing about it.

According to the ex-president, the Malabu oil block was not given out by him. He revealed that the controversial oil block was given out by former Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha.

“Jonathan is convinced that  Lamido’s intervention in this matter was deliberately designed as a form of blackmail. 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 in the statement noted that Ex-President Jonathan is innocent of the Malabu Oil deal. He said that Jonathan was not charged for collecting or demanding for any bribes over the Malabu deal, and neither will he ever be charged for anything regarding the deal because such never happened.

“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.

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