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Jonathan Not In Lagos To Influence Polls – Presidency
President Goodluck Jonathan has denied accusations against him by the All Progressive Congress, APC, that he was spearheading plans to rig today’s gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections in Lagos State.
The rebuttal was made through a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Reuben Abati.
The statement said that the allegations by the APC are false and that it was “rude insinuating that Jonathan met with people in Lagos for the purpose of rigging the poll.”
Abati noted that the APC was making false allegations in order to tarnish the image of the President who has been commended globally for his handling of the recently concluded presidential election and his concession to his rival even before the formal announcement of results.
“Lai Muhammed is wrong to say that the President came to Lagos to rig the governorship and House of Assembly elections scheduled for Saturday, April 11. He is of course lying as usual,” the presidential spokesman stated.
“President Jonathan visited Lagos. He arrived on Thursday and left on Friday. People visited him. So what? Anytime the President is in Lagos or any part of the country, a lot of people come to pay homage to him,” he said further.
Abati observed that the President did not do anything unusual on the trip, adding that his meeting with Musiliu Obanikoro, minister of state for foreign affair, and Jimi Agbaje, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in Lagos State, “should use to play politics.”
He said that allegations that the President met with INEC officials in order to influence their activities was equally false and advised the APC that rather than continue to vilify the President, it should be commend him.
“President Jonathan’s sportsmanship, statesmanship and leadership saved this country at that critical moment. He has demonstrated his commitment to free and fair election, the rule of law and due process. He has shown that he is a man of character, honour and integrity. Nigerians generally are proud of him,” Abati stated.
He concluded: “He has left a worthy legacy and shown a great example. That, obviously, is the narrative that Lai Muhammed and his masters want to change, so they are now cooking up meaningless tales.”