The presidency on Tuesday stated that ex-president Goodluck Jonathan was not blackmailed to trade off the November 16 governorship poll in Bayelsa State.
The allegation by Sule Lamido, former Jigawa State governor that Jonathan traded off Bayelsa is “false and irresponsible” says Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu.
Shehu expressed dissatisfaction that such a story could make headlines in the newspapers.
“It just doesn’t make any sense,’’ Shehu said people who make wild allegations during interviews should be made to produce the facts backing their claims by editors. A newspaper can be sued for granting space to people who belch false allegations against individuals with no proof.”
Shehu went further to state that Goodluck Jonathan is a man of integrity and has been out of power for five years without any such allegations coming up previously.
He, however, noted that there were more than enough reason for the former president to work against his party in Bayelsa election, without any interference by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Shehu said: “Anyone who has been following the politics of Bayelsa State should be aware of the sour relationship between Dr. Jonathan and the incumbent governor, Seriake Dickson. That’s more than enough reason for the former president to decide to work against his party if indeed he did.
“We really must stop this habit of blaming President Buhari for everything, including issues that are not his business.”