Ogbeta.org reported earlier that while speaking in Abuja yesterday when he received Professor Tunde Adeniran, one of the national chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in his office, former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, dismissed the All Progressives Congress, APC-led administration as running on the steam of lies and propaganda.
Jonathan's assertion was immediately dismissed by the Presidency as an attempt to distract from what it described as the multiple corruption allegations facing his wife, Mrs. Patience Jonathan.
According to Vanguard, a senior presidential aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, yesterday, responded thus: “Our view is that this was an attempt to divert attention from the multiple corruption scandals surrounding his wife, Patience Jonathan, who in September had $31.4 million frozen in a bank account linked to her, following an approval obtained by the EFCC from a judge.
“This came on the heels of an earlier $15 million allegedly kept for the medical treatment of her mother, as well as a forfeited amount of $5.9 million, following an order by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court in Lagos.
“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has also laid its hand on no less than a dozen property in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Yenagoa, estimated to cost billions of Naira. “To cut a long story short, the story of Mrs. Jonathan’s (mis)fortune, from all indications, is just beginning.”
The APC on its part, expressed disbelief that Jonathan was bold enough to utter the words as the party challenged him to dispassionately study the reasons he lost the 2015 presidential election.
The APC spokesman, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, in his response, expressed shock that President Jonathan uttered the words.
Abdullahi, who served in the Jonathan government until he was relieved in March 2014, said: “I doubt that President Jonathan actually said these words you have reported because he would be exposing himself to reactions that would not be edifying of his status as a statesman by so doing.
Secondly, I know the former President to be of even temperament.
“Only a few days ago, I read that he was counselling his party on the choice of Chairman and Publicity Secretary. Statements like these wouldn’t represent an example of the kind of attitude he was canvassing.
“But if he truly said that, I would say with due respect that he may need to commission a more dispassionate study of how and why APC won the 2015 Presidential election.
“To say that APC won the election simply by deceiving the people would be too simplistic and may even be interpreted as an insult to the millions of Nigerians that voted the APC into power.”