Former President Goodluck Jonathan has denied offering a $5million bribe to the Lagos state All Progressive Congress (APC) running mate, Obafemi Hamzat, who had claimed that he rejected the gesture from the former president during the 2015 election.

Speaking through a statement issued by Ikechukwu Eze, his media adviser in Abuja on Sunday, Jonathan said: “there is no better way to respond to this frivolous claim  than to quickly dismiss it as a blatant lie apparently concocted by a wannabe politician desperate for votes in a campaign  season.”

While noting that it “in the first place this character is an obscure individual who in 2015 had neither a recognizable name nor political clout,” the statement said: “The point has to be clearly made that former President Jonathan has never met this man who was obviously not relevant in the national politics of 2015, let alone seek to offer him bribe.

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“If the former President did not offer anyone bribe, having clearly acquitted himself as a man who does not believe in desperate politics,  how on earth could he have sought to compromise an individual he didn’t even know and who obviously had no means of helping him politically?

“Assuming anybody had $5 million dollars to spend to better his political fortune as Mr Hamzat claimed, why seek to waste it on a man who was just a commissioner prior to 2015, and whose best outing so far is to function as a hand-picked  running mate to a governorship candidate in the forthcoming 2019 elections?

“His is obviously the antics of a desperate and dishonest politician seeking to apply subterfuge and outright lies,  believing that such could boost his lowly image,  win him public sympathy and possibly, votes.

“It is the action of people like Hamzat that conjures up in the minds of Nigerians the Biblical  ‘Mark of the Beast’ to the effect that to be accepted in his party, one must be adept at telling lies.''