Former president Goodluck Jonathan has denied allegations that he received N300 million and bulletproof cars gifts from David Lyon, the sacked governor of Bayelsa State.
Jonathan made the rebuttal in a statement issued by Ikechukwu Eze, his media adviser, on Wednesday in reaction to a report, which levelled the allegations.
According to the report, the former president was given the alleged money and vehicles as part of logistics given to cater for their guests ahead of the inauguration, which was botched after a Supreme Court ruling.
But the ex-president credited the origin of the story to APC Reformation Forum and described the news item as false and malicious.
The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to a malicious and false story planted in the social media by APC Reformation Forum, a nebulous group that claims kinship with the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state, calling on the former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to refund N300 million and bulletproof cars given to him by David Lyon, the APC candidate in the last governorship election.
“In the first place, there was no reason for APC or anybody else to offer money and vehicles to the former President for logistics over an inauguration programme in which he was not involved.
“We make bold to state that there is no vehicle in the possession of former president Jonathan given to him by the All Progressive Congress. This is an insufferable lie. If anyone on earth knows of such a vehicle, they should expose the particulars of the said vehicle to the public.”
The statement said the claim by the group was nothing but a fairy-tale scripted to tarnish the good reputation of the former president whom Nigerians and the rest of the world hold in very high esteem.
Condemning what he described as a “growing culture of sustained falsehood” against his family, Jonathan advised Nigerians to disregard “a poor script written with the intention of causing distrust and inciting Bayelsans against themselves”.
He insisted that what Bayelsa needs at the moment is peace, unity and progress.
“As far as we are concerned, the Bayelsa elections have been won and lost at the polls and the courts; we, therefore, urge all groups to accept the transition in good faith,” the statement read.