- Nigeria's former president Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to a claim that he rigged the 2011 presidential election
- Jonathan rejected the allegation which was made by John Campbell, a former United States ambassador to Nigeria
- Campbell is alleging that the presidential election Jonathan won back in 2011 was rigged
A report by ThisDay indicates that former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has rejected a claim made by John Campbell, a former United States ambassador to Nigeria, alleging that the presidential election he won back in 2011 was rigged.
Jonathan in a statement issued by his spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze, on Sunday, April 5, stated that Campbell who styles himself as a Nigerian expert is regarded as a figure of ridicule in Nigeria for his assumptions.
The former president went on to note that these assumptions have repeatedly and consistently been proven to be way off the mark.
He said: “How he can continue to make pretensions to be an expert on Nigeria beats our imagination. Besides serving as a diplomat in his country’s embassy in our dear country, what other competencies does Campbell possess to qualify as a Nigeria expert?”
The former Nigerian leader further explained that the former ambassador has continued to position his half-baked knowledge of Nigeria’s political environment and his closeness to the United States power brokers to exploit some Nigerian politicians.
Jonathan stated that the presidential election held in 2011 was judged by both local and international observers, as the most credible and transparent elections the country has held since the return to civil rule back in 1999.
He quoted former Botswana president Festus Mogae who served as the chair of the Commonwealth Election Observer Group, that the notion Nigeria can only hold flawed elections wasn't true.
It would be recalled that just before the election in 2011, Jonathan said his ambition was not worth the blood of any citizen, adding that he publicly called on the members of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to attempt rigging the poll as he was a pencil in God’s hands.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the former president, on Thursday, March 26, released a message of unity and solidarity for Nigeria, amid the global pandemic called coronavirus that is ravaging the whole world.
In his message posted across his social media pages, the former Nigerian leader urged nationals to demonstrate good citizenship by complying with relevant policies and guidelines the government has put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Jonathan went on further to note that the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria is a new enemy that can be destroyed by the people's solidarity and actions.
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