Former President Goodluck Jonathan has clarified his position regarding his recent visit to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
He firmly stated that he has not taken any action nor does he have any intention to influence the nomination of a minister from Bayelsa state in Tinubu’s government.
The clarification comes in response to concerns raised by a group known as the All Progressives Congress (APC) Elders Council in Bayelsa state, who alleged that Jonathan was attempting to exert influence over the nomination of a ministerial slot from Bayelsa.
Goodluck Jonathan Responds to Allegations
Jonathan dismissed these allegations, stating that some politicians in the state may have misunderstood the purpose of his recent visits to the Presidential Villa. According to a statement from his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, the visits were aimed at updating President Bola Tinubu, who had been elected as the Chairman of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, on recent developments in the sub-region. Jonathan himself holds the position of Chairman of the ECOWAS Council of the Wise.
In light of the misinformation being spread, Jonathan urged Nigerians to disregard what he termed ‘mischief makers’ and the proliferation of fake news, as they pose a threat to the nation’s peace and growth.
APC Elders Express Opposition
On the other hand, the Bayelsa APC Elders Council expressed their opposition to what they perceived as relentless attempts by former President Goodluck Jonathan to nominate ministers from the state for President Bola Tinubu. The group alleged that Jonathan’s moves to nominate a minister for the state were unwarranted, particularly given his open and active support for Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the previous presidential election.
Ministerial Nomination Deadline Approaches
As the deadline for President Tinubu to announce and submit the names of his ministerial nominees to the Senate approaches, Section 42 of the constitution requires the president and governors to provide the names of their ministers and commissioners within their first 60 days in office. President Tinubu’s 60th day in office is set to be marked on the upcoming Friday, May 29th.