The Presidency has described the reports that Ex-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was blackmailed to support the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the Bayelsa State governorship election as false and irresponsible.
In an interview, Sule Lamido claimed that Jonathan traded PDP in the last governorship election in Bayelsa State because he was trying to avoid being prosecuted by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari over the Malabu oil deal.
The Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the president, Mallam Garba Shehu, described the reports in the media as a shock.
Garba Shehu stated that Jonathan had been out of power for five years without any previous allegations of government blackmail cropping up and also warned Nigerians to stop blaming the president for everything.
He said: “Anyone who has been following the politics of Bayelsa State should be aware of the sour relationship between Dr Jonathan and the incumbent governor, Seriake Dickson.
“That’s more than enough reason for the former president to decide to work against his party, if indeed he did. We really must stop this habit of blaming President Buhari for everything, including issues that are not his business.
“It just doesn’t make any sense, Our media really must learn to verify whatever they publish. And people who make wild allegations during interviews should be made to produce the facts backing their claims by editors. A newspaper can be sued for granting space to people who belch false allegations against individuals with no proof.’’