Okonjo Iweala Did Not Ask Me To Cancel 2015 Election Results – Jonathan
Quotes from the book of former President Goodluck Jonathan continues to raise eyebrows.
This time around, it appears that the former president is upset that he has been misquoted or misinterpreted.
A news report in the Nation newspaper had claimed that the book said it was former minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Attorney-General of the Federation and Justice Minister Mohammed Bello Adoke; Aviation Minister Osita Chidoka that advised Jonathan to cancel the results of the 2015 election.
But in a statement on Monday by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, Jonathan denied that he ever wrote anything like that in his book “My Transition Hours”.
The statement said the publication was “obviously a gross misrepresentation of what was stated in the book which one wouldn’t ordinarily expect to read in a credible paper like The Nation”.
The statement said: “Although we see The Nation as a well-respected paper, we also recognise that even credible organisations with the best of intentions sometimes lower their guard and, sadly, drop the ball.
"We believe this is what may have happened in this case, as there is no justification for the obvious twisting of the facts that were clearly stated in the book.
“President Jonathan had maintained that he never consulted anybody over the decision to call and congratulate his opponent while the results of the 2015 Presidential election was still being tallied.
"Whereas the decision to concede defeat was one he took without any compelling, the former President is however grateful to those who were with him at that moment and many other Nigerians that shared in his conviction to put across the historic phone call.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the following sentence lifted from the book captured how Jonathan narrated his engagement with the mentioned key appointees of the former President at that critical time in the nation’s political history: “They were recommending sundry alternatives, but I was quiet in the midst of their discussion.”
However, this was how The Nation chose to report the narrative: “Okonjo-Iweala, Adoke, Chidoka, Dudafa advised me not to accept defeat”.
Jonathan said, “it therefore beggars belief that the phrase ‘sundry alternatives’ could be interpreted to mean that the former President was advised by the identified personalities ‘not to accept defeat”.
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