Bayelsa election: Jonathan was blackmailed into supporting Lyon – Lamido  


Former Jigawa State governor, Mallam Sule Lamido said ex-President Goodluck Jonathan did not support the emergence of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief David Lyon out of free will.

Jonathan and his wife, Patience, both of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were believed to have turned their back at their party candidate, Senator Douye Diri, and instead rooted for Lyon who won the election.

Lamido shared that conjectures about the immediate past first family’s role in last Saturday’s election in an interview with The Sun and explained the motivation behind alleged Jonathan’s action.

He said: “They are holding him by the balls. Because he (Jonathan) sure knows his problem with Buhari and with this government. And the issue of Malabo, I think,  played a key role, I said so. So, the election were won and lost by PDP. PDP history, PDP tradition and Jonathan were behind him. That I can say anywhere because the issue of Malabo is an issue I know very well. I had cause to discuss it with him.

“While he was the president and I was in office, I went and told him about it. I told him and I also gave a radio interview to an FM in Abuja, which Daily Triumph picked, where they said a minister under Jonathan got almost 150 million dollars Malabo scan – Governor Lamido. And when Reuben Abati came to debunk it or to abuse me, I went to Reuben Abati, I know what I am saying, can we go to the Villa, I discussed this with Jonathan. I told him about it. Let us go. What I am saying is that obviously because 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.”

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