Former President of Nigeria Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has dared former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido to publicly show evidence linking him to the Malabu Oil scandal as alleged by the latter recently.
Jonathan in a reaction to a media report credited to Lamido where he accused the former President of passive interest in the November 16 governorship race won by the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Lamido had in the said interview accused Jonathan of sacrificing the PDP to buy peace from the President Muhammad Buhari-led government which is bent on getting to the root of the controversial oil deal. In an interview granted a national daily, Lamido was quoted as 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,”
“Jonathan worked against his party because he was very, very angry with (Governor) Dickson. It was because he (Jonathan) sure knows his problem with Buhari and his government. And the issue of Malabu, I think, played a key role”.
Reacting on Monday, Jonathan took Lamido to cleaners, labeling him as a man with little or no respect for truth and honor. In a statement signed by his media adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, the former President said: “It didn’t matter to him (Lamido) that, as a well-respected member of the society, he shouldn’t make such weighty claims against a former President if he was only guessing like he admitted. “We really do not know why Mr. Lamido, chose to speak like he did, especially with such hostility, contempt and lies against former President Jonathan. However, one thing is clear: In his anger and apparent bile-filled disposition, Mr Lamido, an otherwise astute and erudite politician, obviously dropped the ball by electing not to speak responsibly like a statesman.
“Apparently seized by some inexplicable resentment, Lamido held on to the lie currently being pushed by a few mischief-makers to the effect that former President Jonathan helped the APC to win the last gubernatorial election in Bayelsa State. “Unfortunately, the former governor jumped into this convenient bandwagon of grovelers without first thinking of the burden of substantiating his claim. “This absurd claim definitely would have gained more traction in the public space if it really made any sense. But it didn’t. What, if we may ask Mr Lamido, the correlation between Jonathan supporting APC because he was angry with Governor Dickson and Jonathan supporting APC to avoid prosecution over Malabu? “Where was Lamido and his ‘Malabu problem’ when Jonathan campaigned vigorously and helped PDP to win Bayelsa governorship election in 2015, under the same President Buhari? It is important to establish at this point that Mr Lamido probably knows very little about the Malabu case, for which he was not supposed to have commented blindly. “It bears repeating that the documents relating to the transactions and decisions of the Federal Government on the Malabo issue, during the Jonathan administration, are in the relevant Government offices, where they are accessible. “We would like to point out that all the actions taken by the Jonathan administration in relation to activities in the oil industry were legally conducted by relevant Nigerian government officials and were carried out in the best interest of the country “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”.
noting that the Malabu oil bloc was sealed during the military regime of late General Sani Abacha, Dr. Jonathan said the scandal was one of global concern and not the exclusive preserve of the Nigerian government. Having tried many other ways to discredit the former President to no avail, Mr Lamido is now scheming to project Malabo as Jonathan’s Achilles heel. “Mr Lamido, we believe, is too smart not to realize that when the pot conveniently calls the kettle black, it is a grand design to confuse, deceive and cover up the truth. “Lamido served as governor of Jigawa State for two terms under the platform of the PDP after which the ruling APC took over his state. Is he then telling Nigerians that he cut a deal with APC, helped the ruling party to procure victory at the polls and take over his state? “The fact is that it is not only in Bayelsa State that the country had experienced such a situation where PDP or even APC had lost elections to another party. Holding Jonathan responsible for PDP’s loss in Bayelsa without first investigating the issues that determined the fate suffered by the party in the state is not only disingenuous but also detrimental to the image and aspirations of the party.” to avert a repeat in another state. “We believe that further interrogation of Lamido’s other weird claims is not necessary in this space, lest it gives the unfortunate interview more attention than it deserves. “However, we feel that it is important to reiterate, as we have always done, that former President Jonathan did nothing wrong as far as the Malabu deal is concerned.