Jonathan to Lamido: Publish any evidence of my wrongdoing or shut up

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has told his accusers including former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, to publish any evidence of wrongdoing against him or remain silent.

Reacting to the claim by Lamido, that he traded Bayelsa State to the All Progressive Congress (APC) as a way to free himself from the Malabu oil deal investigation, he said even though he is well respected by his people, he has no vice-like grip on them.

He affirmed that as a former leader, his house is open to any person or group who want to pay him a courtesy call, saying this does not mean he automatically subscribes to such persons political views.

Lamido has been quoted in an interview with a national daily saying: “The leadership of the APC and the government are blackmailing Jonathan and I think I can say it anywhere that he traded this for his own freedom.”

While denying any wrongdoing on Malabu issue, a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by Ikechukwu Eze, his Media Adviser, said: “We call on anyone, including Mr Sule Lamido, who has any shred of evidence linking former President Jonathan to any wrongdoing in the case of the Malabu incident to waste no time in publishing such evidence or forever remain silent.

“While we wait for such an impossible task to be undertaken by Mr Lamido and his co-travellers, we would also want to draw their attention to the following fact: Dr Goodluck Jonathan as an elder statesman is a father figure to all Nigerians. His door is open to all who wish to pay him courtesy visits or seek his counsel. That should not mean that he automatically subscribes to whateverpolitical agenda his visitors subscribe to.

However, the former President in the statement reiterated his commitment as a faithful member of the PDP and dismissed as false the rumor of his move against his political party in the last election.

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