APC’s accusation of Jonathan are baseless and rude – Presidency

By Post Nigeria April 11, 2015 12:04

APC’s accusation of Jonathan are baseless and rude – Presidency

The Presidency has refuted an allegation by the All Progressives Congress that President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to Lagos on Thursday was part of a plot to influence Saturday’s gubernatorial election in the State.

The APC’s spokesperson, Lai Muhammed, had on Friday uncannily claimed that Jonathan’s visit to the State was to devise means of manipulating the elections for Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidates.

President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari had visited several States to canvass votes for All Progressives Congress, APC, candidates and has not been accused of plotting to rig the elections in favour of the APC candidates in the States.

The Presidency through the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Public Affairs, Reuben Abati, on Friday swiftly countered the allegations, saying they were baseless and rude.

“Lai Muhammed is wrong to say that the President came to Lagos to rig the gubernatorial and State house of assembly elections scheduled for Saturday, April 11,” he said.

“He is of course lying as usual; and rude. President Jonathan visited Lagos. He arrived on Thursday and left on Friday. People visited him. So what?

“Anytime the president is in Lagos or any part of the country, a lot of people come to pay homage to him. Nothing unusual happened during his last visit to Lagos.

“Senator Musiliu Obanikoro’s visit to the president in Lagos is not something that anybody should use to play politics. Koro is a minister of the Federal Republic. He came to see his boss.”

The PDP governorship candidate of Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje, and the leader of Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, Gani Adams, amongst others, also paid Jonathan a visit.

The Presidency queried the rationale behind turning Jonathan’s visit to Lagos which is a part of Nigeria, and the visit of PDP members to the leader of their party, to an issue.

It argued that Jonathan never summoned or held meetings with officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, the police, polling officials or persons involved in the conduct of the anticipated election.

“So to say that the President went to Lagos to supervise the rigging of Saturday’s election is most uncharitable and cruel,” the presidency said.

The presidency said the world has continued to commend Mr. Jonathan for conceding defeat, which it said saved Nigeria.

It said the action exemplified the president’s sportsmanship, statesmanship and leadership at a very critical moment.

Besides, it said Jonathan has already demonstrated his commitment to free and fair election, the rule of law and due process, thereby showing character, honour and integrity.

The presidency noted that Jonathan has left a worthy legacy, adding that the APC spokesperson and his masters were trying to tarnish the legacy by cooking up meaningless tales.

“Lai Muhammed should look for another target and leave the President alone. His fatuous tale does not make any sense.

“I repeat: We will like to advise that the APC should just leave the President alone. President Jonathan was a candidate in the presidential election; he did not rig the election. Why would he want to rig Saturday’s elections?” the presidency asked.