The Presidency has described as “false and irresponsible” reports that former President Goodluck Jonathan was blackmailed to support the governing party, APC, in recent Bayelsa State elections.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, expressed shock that such a story could be considered believable to the point of being given space in some newspapers.
He noted that the media really must learn to verify whatever they publish, adding that people who make wild allegations during interviews should be made to produce the facts backing their claims by editors.
Shehu said former President Goodluck Jonathan had been out of power for almost five years, without any previous allegations of government blackmail cropping up. He also noted that there were more than enough reasons for Dr Jonathan to work against his party, PDP, in the just-concluded Bayelsa elections, without interference by President Buhari.
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