The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Federal Government to immediately track down and apprehend the gunmen that attacked the home of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke, Bayelsa State.
It made the demand as it condemned the attack in a statement on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
The PDP described the attack on the former President’s home as extremely disturbing, stressing that an extensive investigation must be carried out into the incident.
Gunmen stormed the residence of former President, Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa, early Tuesday morning in a bid to steal a gunboat belonging to the military stationed at the creek.
The assailants who came in about five engine boats stormed the security post about 100 metres away from Dr Jonathan’s residence but met resistance by soldiers who engaged them in a firefight.
A statement by the Media Adviser to Dr Jonathan, Ikechukwu Eze, confirmed the attack which he said occurred by 1:30 am.
“We really must stop this habit of blaming President (Muhammadu) Buhari for everything, including issues that are not his business.”
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, was quoted as saying this during an interview with reporters on Tuesday in Abuja.
He was responding to the various reactions trailing the outcomes of the governorship elections conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kogi and Bayelsa States.
Governor Yahaya Bello and Mr David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeated Mr Musa Wada and Senator Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi and Bayelsa States respectively.
“President Buhari rejoices with family, friends and political associates of the former president, lauding him for good counsels to leaders within and outside Nigeria since he left office, sharing his experience of serving at different levels of governance.
“President Buhari believes the former President’s legacy of humility and patriotism will continue to resonate, inspiring generations to come on the sacrifices made for the stability of democracy and promotion of sustainable development,” the statement read in part.
He also wished the former President and his family more years of joyful celebrations.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has eventually cast his vote alongside Dame Patience after a delayed arrival of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and election materials.
They both cast their vote at Ward 13 unit 39 Otazi playground in Otueke, Ogbia LGA of Bayelsa state.
Former President Jonathan’s Ward 13, Unit 39, Otazi Playground in Otueke polling unit has the presence of security officials, election observers and voters still awaiting the arrival of electoral officers.
The former President wished the former Head of State more strength and peaceful years.
Similarly, former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, felicitated with General Gowon.
He also prayed that God grants the elder statesman more years to continue to serve his country.
Read the statement by former President Jonathan below:
I rejoice with you and all well-wishers as you mark your 85th birthday.
You are a courageous leader who served Nigeria with honour, pride, and love, especially at a difficult time in the life of our nation.
Long after you left office, your passion and patriotism have remained undiminished, as you have continued to work and fervently pray for our country’s growth and development.
As a statesman, you have remained resolutely committed to the peace and unity of Nigeria.
On behalf of my family, I wish you more strength and peaceful years as you celebrate.
Happy Birthday Your Excellency.
Also, read the tweet by former Vice President Atiku below:
My family and I, celebrate General Yakubu Gowon, on the occasion of his 85th birthday. May God in His infinite wisdom bless you now and always and may He grant you more years of meritorious service to a grateful nation. -AA
The All Progressives Congress (APC) says former president Goodluck Jonathan should not have bothered to respond to the allegations of former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, over the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls in 2015.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a statement said Nigerians already know the story of Jonathan’s “habitual negligence” to matters of state and so it was not necessary for him to try to deny.
According to the party, denying or arguing would not change anything.
In his new book entitled, For the Record, Mr Cameron had accused the previous government of “sleeping on the wheel” while Boko Haram terrorists were abducting schoolgirls in Chibok community of Borno State.
The former United Kingdom Prime Minister also accused Dr Jonathan of preventing British forces from engaging in rescue efforts, saying he seemed to see the incident as cheap politics.
However, responding to the matter, Jonathan described the claims as “quite sad”.
He insisted that none of the allegations was true, adding that he did not only write letters to the former UK Prime Minister but sought the help of former Presidents Barrack Obama (US) and Francois Hollande (France), as well as the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in rescuing the Chibok girls.
The reaction came as the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group marked 2000 days of the abduction on October 5.
But the APC insists that the Jonathan administration was corrupt.
Beyond that, the party also says it is a national consensus that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), elevated corruption to a national culture.
“The Chibok schoolgirls abduction and his “sleeping behind the wheel” is not a story to deny as it is already part of our national history. We may disagree on a number of issues in Nigeria, but there is a national consensus on the fact that PDP elevated corruption to a national culture.
“That Jonathan’s government was corrupt was actually half of the story. The full story is that corruption hallmarked the successive 16 years,” the statement read.
The APC went further to state that “what is important now is Jonathan explaining to the families of the abducted schoolgirls why as president, he did nothing for two weeks after the Chibok abductions and still refuses to take responsibility for the tragedy up till now — except he continues to blame the Chibok abductions and other failings of his administration on the so-called grand conspiracy against him as he laboriously tries to state in his response to Cameron”.
According to the party, the current administration’s reactions and actions after the similar and unfortunate Dapchi schoolgirls kidnapping is a pointer to how a responsive government should act.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has slammed a former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, over the allegations against him and his administration.
In his new book entitled, For the Record, Mr Cameron was said to have accused the previous government of “sleeping on the wheel” while Boko Haram terrorists were abducting schoolgirls in Chibok community of Borno State.
The former United Kingdom prime minister also accused Dr Jonathan of preventing British forces from engaging in rescue efforts, saying he seemed to see the incident as cheap politics.
Responding in a statement on Saturday, former President Jonathan criticised Cameron for the claims, saying “It is quite sad.”
He insisted that none of the allegations was true as he did not only write letters to the former UK Prime Minister but sought the help of former Presidents Barrack Obama (US) and Francois Hollande (France), as well as the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in rescuing the Chibok girls.
He reminded Cameron that in March 2012 when the same Boko Haram linked terrorists abducted a British expatriate named Chris McManus along with an Italian hostage Franco Lamolinara in Sokoto, he authorised a rescue effort by members of the British military Special Boat Service supported by the Nigerian Army to free the abducted men.
The former president stated that the UK government did not offer any help to rescue the Chibok girls, stressing that he would not have rejected same if there was any.
He, however, accused Cameron of suppressing information about him requesting his help on the Chibok abduction, saying copies of the letter exist at the State Houses in Nigeria and London.
“He (Cameron) never called me on the phone to offer any help. On the contrary, I am the one that reached out to him,” Jonathan said.
Read the full statement from the former president below:
My Response To David Cameron’s Claims
I read the comments by former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, in his new book, For the Record, in which he accused me and the Nigerian Government, which I headed, of corruption and rejecting the help of the British Government in rescuing the Chibok Girls, who were kidnapped on April 14, 2014.
It is quite sad that Mr. Cameron would say this because nothing of such ever occurred. As President of Nigeria, I not only wrote letters to then Prime Minister David Cameron, I also wrote to the then US President, Barrack Obama, and the then French President, François Hollande, as well as the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, appealing to them for help in rescuing the Chibok Girls.
How could I write to appeal for help and then reject the very thing I appealed for?
Also, history contradicts Mr. Cameron. On March 8, 2012, when the same Boko Haram linked terrorists abducted a British expatriate named Chris McManus, along with an Italian hostage Franco Lamolinara, in Sokoto, I, as Nigerian President, personally authorised a rescue effort by members of the British military Special Boat Service supported by officers and men of the Nigerian Army, to free the abducted men.
So, having set a precedent like that, why would I reject British help in rescuing the Chibok Girls, if it was offered?
I also authorised the secret deployment of troops from the United Kingdom, the United States and Israel as a result of the Chibok incident, so how Mr. Cameron could say this with a straight face beats me.
Moreover, on March 8, 2017, the British Government of former Prime Minister, Theresa May, in a widely circulated press statement, debunked this allegation and said there was no truth in it after Mr. Cameron had made similar statements to the Observer of the UK.
In his book, Mr. Cameron failed to mention that I wrote him requesting his help on Chibok. Why did he suppress that information? I remind him that copies of that letter exist at the State Houses in Nigeria and London. He never called me on the phone to offer any help. On the contrary, I am the one that reached out to him.
He accused me of appointing Generals based on political considerations. How could that be when I fired my service chiefs twice in five years, to show that I would not tolerate anything less than meaningful progress in the war on terror.
I was completely blind to ethnic or political considerations in my appointments. In civil and military matters, I appointed people that I had never even met prior to appointing them, based on their professional pedigree. Though I was from the South, most of my service chiefs came from the North.
I do, however, know that Mr. Cameron has long nursed deep grudges against me for reasons that have been published in various media.
On July 24, 2013, while celebrating the passage of the United Kingdom’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, 2013, Mr. Cameron said “I want to export gay marriage around the world”.
At that occasion, he boasted that he would send the team that successfully drafted and promoted the Bill, to nations, like Nigeria, saying inter alia:
“I’ve told the Bill team I’m now going to reassign them because, of course, all over the world people would have been watching this piece of legislation”.
As President of Nigeria at that time, I came under almost unbearable pressure from the Cameron administration to pass legislation supporting LGBTQ Same Sex marriage in Nigeria. My conscience could not stomach that, because as President of Nigeria, I swore on the Bible to advance Nigeria’s interests, and not the interest of the United Kingdom or any foreign power.
As such, on Monday, January 13, 2014, I signed the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill into law after the Bill had been passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority of Nigeria’s parliament, in line with the wishes of the Nigerian people. This happened shortly after a study of 39 nations around the world by the U.S. Pew Research Center came up with a finding which indicated that 98 percent of Nigerians were opposed to the idea of Gay Marriage.
Immediately after I took this patriotic action, my government came under almost unbearable pressure from Mr. Cameron, who reached me through envoys, and made subtle and not so subtle threats against me and my government.
In fact, meetings were held at the Obama White House and at the Portcullis House in Parliament UK, with the then Nigerian opposition to disparage me, after I had signed the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill into law.
On the issue of corruption, it suffices to say that Mr. Cameron is not as competent as Transparency International, which is globally acknowledged as the adjudicator of who is corrupt and who is not.
During my administration, in 2014, Nigeria made her best ever improvement on the annual Transparency International Corruption Perception Index, moving from 144 the previous year, to 136, an 8 point improvement. As a nation, we have not made such improvements on the CPI before or after 2014.
In line with these facts, I would urge the public to take Mr. Cameron’s accusations with a grain of salt. I will not be the first person to accuse him of lying on account of this book, and with the reactions in the UK so far, I definitely will not be the last.
Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Chairman of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation and President of Nigeria 2010-2015.
Barely 24 hours after the Federal High Court freed Waripamo Owei-Dudafa, an aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, and a banker, Iwejuo Joseph, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have formally filed its notice of appeal challenging the judgment.
The notice of appeal which is pursuant to Section 241 (1) (a) of the 1999 Constitution, is premised on nine grounds of appeal.
It lists the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the appellant and Dudafa and Iwejuo as respondents.
In the first round, the EFCC Prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo said the trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris erred in law by discharging and acquitting the respondents on counts of conspiracy.
In the particulars of the notice, Justice Idris was said to have failed to bind himself with the age-long principle of law which provides that conspiracy is complete upon agreement.
Dudafa and Iwejuo in their defence had both stated that they did not know each other until the time of their arrest. But the EFCC says following the age-long principle, it is settled law that once a conspiracy has come into existence other conspirators may join in at a later stage and it is not necessary for the conspirators to know themselves or the full extent of the scheme to which a conspirator has joined himself.
The Commission also says that the judge also departed from the settled position of law that “confession alone is sufficient to support a conviction without corroboration so long as the court is satisfied of the truth of the confession”.
Justice Idris was said to have failed to consider and ascribe any probative value to any of the evidence adduced by the two respondents establishing a meeting of the mind, which constitutes the conspiracy to carry out the unlawful act of concealing proceeds of crime.
The EFCC is, therefore, seeking an order of the court convicting the respondents as charged and sentencing them as prescribed by the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011 as amended and the EFCC Act of 2004.