Former President, Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday, discredited the reports on an alleged move to influence the nomination of a minister from Bayelsa State in the administration of President Bola Tinubu.
Jonathan disclosed in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Ikechukwu Eze, on Wednesday, July 26, 2023.
Premium Politics reports on Tuesday, that a group of elders from the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa State, Bayelsa APC Elders Council, alleged that the former President was making a move to nominate a ministerial candidate from Bayelsa State, for the administration of President Bola Tinubu.
Reacting to the allegation on Wednesday, Jonathan described the allegation as false and malicious.
According to the former President, some politicians in the state might have wrongly interpreted his recent visits to the Presidential Villa, as a calculative move to influence any appointment.
However, Jonathan explained that his visits to the President were to brief him on the recent developments in the sub-region of ECOWAS, as the Chairman of the Council.
The statement reads:
“Our attention has been drawn to a strange allegation in the media claiming that former President Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is seeking to nominate a minister from Bayelsa State for the government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“We would have ordinarily ignored the falsehood, given that neither the authors who are shadowy characters nor their nebulous organisation, Bayelsa APC Elders Council, which is unknown to the structure of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, command any credibility. However, we have continued to receive calls from friends and well-wishers who are concerned that some innocent Nigerians might be misled by the duplicitous fabrication; hence this rebuttal.
“We state without equivocation that the publication is false, malicious, preposterous and unnecessary. It is instructive that the authors of the hackery who are quick to spin such unfounded narrative could neither provide any clarification on the nature of the alleged consultations nor name the beneficiary of the envisaged nomination.
“We can only guess that a handful of faltering low-profile politicians might have wrongly misinterpreted Jonathan’s recent visit to the Presidential Villa in Abuja, even when the former President, who is ECOWAS mediator in Mali and Chairman of ECOWAS Council of the Wise, clearly explained that he had gone to brief President Bola Tinubu, who has just been elected as the Chairman of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, on the recent developments in the sub-region.
“The publication is simply a tactless ramble by some benighted politicians seeking to draw attention to their hopeless plight by raising malicious allegations against the former President.
“Howbeit, they have failed in this bid because most astute politicians within and outside Bayelsa State are well aware of Jonathan’s selfless and exemplary disposition to politics and statesmanship. Such people will never subscribe to the cheap blackmail from the so-called Bayelsa APC Elders Council.”