The people of Ijaw have provided the reasons why former President Goodluck Jonathan had to work against the Popular Democratic Party, the PDP and Governor Seriake Dickson in the state governing elections.
Given the reasons, the Ijaw Monitoring Group, IMG, also warned a former governor of the state of Jigawa, Sule Lamido, to stop blackmailing his son Jonathan onwards.
Nigeria Newspaper repot that the group leader, Comrade Joseph Evah, told the Sun that the Ijaw nation was not happy with Lamido’s comments about Jonathan in a recent interview.
He said the comments were aimed at “blackmail, evil, garbage and ridicule the image of our distinguished son.” Sule had claimed that Jonathan sabotaged the election of governor of the PDP in Bayelsa, linking it to the Malabo oil problem that Jonathan encouraged an extrajudicial settlement during his tenure.
Speaking on behalf of his people, Evah, who said that Lamido’s outbreak was childish and poorly motivated, advised the former governor to face his tribulations instead of “trying to dirty Jonathan’s personality who refused to enrich himself by corrupt means” .
“The Ijaw people tell Lamido that his outburst against Jonathan for the Malabo problem is childish, Jonathan as the executive president has the power to address an issue to be resolved out of court, just as Buhari has the power to tell the northern governors to negotiate with bandits, criminals and withdraw their charges whenever they are ready to repent.
“Then, he was an executive president and has the right to say that an issue that has been dragging, that about three or four heads of state were involved before he took office, should be resolved outside the court instead of drag the feet. No one is filing charges against Jonathan for delivering
“We know where Lamido’s annoyance comes from. Lamido and his son face the EFCC fire, so he felt that Jonathan was supposed to clean it because the alleged crime was committed during the period of Jonathan and Lamido as governor.
“What happened in Bayelsa is not about PDP or APC, it’s about the Ijaw nation, it has nothing to do with PDP or APC. It is like the situation of Agbalajobi and Sarumi in those days, where the Lagosians felt that Agbalajobi should be the bearer of their party, but Sarumi, who had a connection in Abuja, decided to suppress Agbalajobi and the people gave a vote of protest to Otedola .
“Then, in our case, the leaders and elders of Bayelsa, both the opposition party and the ruling party preferred the former NDDC Managing Director (Timi Alaibe) and this governor (Seriaki Dickson) arrogantly denied him the ticket, for what all Bayelsa people voted against the candidate he brought in. What happened has nothing to do with Jonathan as a person who is denied, it was the Ijaw nation that decided. ”