Alamieyeseigha's presidential pardon was a big blow on Jonathan's government - Ex-minister

Alamieyeseigha's presidential pardon was a big blow on Jonathan's government - Ex-minister

- Bolaji Abdullahi in his new book asserted that former president, Goodluck Jonathan, turned the international community against him

- Abdullahi claimed this and other misguided steps was why Jonathan lost Nigeria

- According to him, the turning point for the international community was when Jonathan granted Alamieyeseigha presidential pardon in March 2013 to obliterate his criminal record

The presidential pardon granted to former governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, turned the international community against the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan, ex-minister, Bolaji Abdullahi claimed.

Abdullahi, who is now the national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), made this known in his upcoming book, according to a report by The Cable.

Recall that Alamieyeseigha, who was the governor of Bayelsa state from 1999-2005, was arrested in London in 2005 on suspicion of money laundering.

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About £1 million cash was said to have been found in his London home, and later another £1.8 million in cash and bank accounts.

He jumped bail and escaped from the UK but was impeached on his return to Nigeria, with Jonathan, his deputy, replacing him.

Alamieyeseigha was then convicted and jailed on corruption charges in 2007 after a plea bargain deal - and subsequently released.

Jonathan granted him presidential pardon in March 2013 to obliterate the criminal record.

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In his new book, ‘On a Platter of Gold: How Jonathan Won and Lost Nigeria’, Abdullahi — who served as a minister under Jonathan from 2011-2014 — said that particular gesture was the turning point for the international community.

The author also referred to the case of the billions of dollars the NNPC was accused of failing to remit to the federation account by then-CBN governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

“In a Presidential Media Chat soon after Sanusi’s ouster, Jonathan denied that any money was missing and declared, quite memorably, that: ‘If anyone steals $50 billion or $20 billion anywhere, America will know. They will tell you where it is; it is their money.’ Quite possibly, the Americans had no evidence of $50 billion or $20 billion having gone missing, but Jonathan’s government gave no one the confidence that no money was being stolen,” Abdullahi wrote.

Meanwhile, reported that ex-President Jonathan has reportedly sent a message to Atiku Abubakar to go and beg Chief Olusegun Obasanjo if he wants to get the Peoples Democratic Party presidential ticket.

Jonathan reportedly advised Atiku to reach out to Obasanjo in spite of the fact that the latter has quit partisan politics as “he is still a strong factor in shaping the future of the nation in 2019 because he is a force among the revered kingmakers.”

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Source: Legit

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