Jonathan office debunks claim of ‘APC’ ₦300m, bullet proof cars gift to ex-President
Media adviser to former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze has come out strongly to debunk an allegation by a group called APC Reformation Forum which claimed that the ex-President received gifts of monies and bullet proof cars from David Lyon, the APC candidate in the last Bayelsa governorship election ahead of his botched inauguration as governor of the state.
Describing the claim as false and patently malicious, Eze stressed that there was no reason for APC or anybody else to offer money and vehicles to the former President for logistics over an inauguration programme in which he was not involved.
He said: “We make bold to state that there is no vehicle in the possession of former President Jonathan given to him by the All Progressive Congress. This is an insufferable lie.”
Below are the details of the statement:
“Our attention has been drawn to a malicious and false story planted in the social media by APC Reformation Forum, a nebulous group that claims kinship with the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, calling on the former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to “refund N300 million and bulletproof cars given to him by David Lyon, the APC candidate in the last governorship election.”
“The story which claimed that the alleged money and vehicles were part of logistics given to Dr Jonathan’s family to cater for their guests ahead of the botched inauguration is not only patently fictitious but malevolent, inciting and provocative.
“In the first place there was no reason for APC or anybody else to offer money and vehicles to the former President for logistics over an inauguration programme in which he was not involved.
“We make bold to state that there is no vehicle in the possession of former President Jonathan given to him by the All Progressive Congress. This is an insufferable lie. If anyone on Earth knows of such a vehicle, they should expose the particulars of the said vehicle to the public.
“The claim by this group is therefore nothing but a fairy-tale scripted to tarnish the good reputation of the former President whom Nigerians and the rest of the world hold in very high esteem.
“We condemn in entirety this growing culture of sustained falsehood against the person and family of Dr Jonathan by shady and shadowy characters. We urge Bayelsans and Nigerians to disregard the story as it contains no grain of truth.
It is a poor script written with the intention of causing distrust and inciting Bayelsans against themselves. What Bayelsa needs now is peace, unity and progress, and not this noxious orgy of mud-slinging and mischief-making.
“As far as we are concerned, the Bayelsa elections have been won and lost at the polls and the courts; we therefore urge all groups to accept the transition in good faith.”
Media Adviser to Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR