Bayelsa State leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Godwin Sidi, has claimed that the immediate past president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari to cover up the atrocities he committed while in office.
Sidi, who acted as the Secretary of the
defunct New Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, berated those commending
Jonathan for placing a telephone call on Buhari while collation was ongoing, stressing that the former President had no other choice but to do so.The former South-South Youth leader of the PDP made this disclosure at a news conference in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital on Friday, where he called on the Federal Government and the National Assembly to commence the probe of Jonathan over the whereabouts of the Chibok girls.
“Jonathan’s conceding defeat is a ploy to
cover up political atrocities he committed while in office,” he said.
The APC chieftain went on to accuse Jonathan of taking possession of
property seized from a former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieseigha after the later was impeached in 2005 by the state House of Assembly and convicted for money laundering.
This, he said, paved the way for Jonathan to become the governor of the state, afterwards claiming Alamieseigha’s property, home and abroad, earlier confiscated and returned to the state by the Economic and Financial Crimes
Sidi claimed that Jonathan took possession of one of the seized buildings of Alamieseigha at Maitama, Abuja,
and later handed it over to his political associate and friend, who is a monarch in Bayelsa.
He also accused Jonathan of confiscating a 5-series bulletproof BMW car bought as a birthday gift for Alamieseigha by a friend.
The APC leader went on to hand a 72-hour ultimatum to the former president for him to return his predecessor’s property in his possession or face a lawsuit.
He further asked the National Assembly to compel Jonathan to give account of the whereabouts of the Chibok
girls since he was the Chief Security Officer of the country when they were taken away by terrorists.
He said his group had concluded plans to drag the ex-President to the International Court of Justice over the Chibok girls.
While calling on the Code of Conduct Bureau to make Jonathan’s assets declaration public, he insisted that the
former President glorified corruption and allowed graft to cripple the country.
According to Sidi, “Jonathan was
instrumental to the removal of Alamieseigha and prior to his
removal, I remembered vividly that a friend of Alamieseigha bought
him 5-series BMW car salon. Jonathan took that vehicle to Aso
“The vehicle is still in his possession. I
want him to return that vehicle. Property, the one l know for now,
there are other ones l am trying to investigate, of DSP in Maitama
was given to Jonathan’s associate.
“I am giving them 72 hours to return the
house to DSP as we prepare our papers to approach the court. The National Assembly should invite the President to give account of the Chibok girls because he was the Chief Security Officer at the
time the girls were kidnapped.
“We are going to file our case at the ICJ
over the Chibok girls. I am calling on the Code of Conduct Bureau to make Jonathan’s asset declaration public,” he declared.