Bayelsa Election: We Didn’t Blackmail Jonathan Says Presidency
By Philip Nwelih
The Presidency has described as “false and irresponsible’’ reports that former President Goodluck Jonathan was blackmailed to support the governing party, APC, in the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa State.
At a media chat in Abuja on Tuesday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, expressed shock that such a story could be considered believable to the point of being given space in some newspapers.
He said former President Jonathan had been out of power for almost five years, without any previous allegations of government blackmail cropping up.
Garba Shehu noted that there were more than enough reasons for Dr Jonathan to work against his party, PDP, in the just concluded Bayelsa elections, without interference by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Presidential Media Aide urged Nigerians to stop the habit of blaming President Buhari for everything, including issues that are not his business