Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan had refuted a claim by Dr Obafemi Hamzat, Lagos State APC deputy gubernatorial candidate, that he offered him a bribe of about $5M during the 2015 election campaigns.
The allegation was brought up by Hamzat during the kick off of Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat Advocates held last Friday at Fidimaye Hall, Oko-Oba, Abule-Egba, Lagos. He said he rejected the offer.
In a swift response, issued by Ikechukwu Eze, media adviser to Jonathan, the claims were debunked as Hamzat was described a negligible in the politics of 2015. The statement by the media aid goes as follows;
“Our attention has been drawn to a claim by the running mate of the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr Obafemi Hamzat, that he rejected a $5m bribe from former President Goodluck Jonathan during the 2015 elections.
“There is no better way to respond to this frivolous claim than to quickly dismiss it as a blatant lie apparently concocted by a wannabe politician desperate for votes in a campaign season. In the first place, this character is an obscure individual who in 2015 had neither a recognisable name nor political clout.”
The statement also indicated that Jonathan has had no prior meeting “this man who was obviously not relevant in the national politics of 2015, let alone seek to offer him bribe.”
“Assuming anybody had $5m to spend to better his political fortune, as Mr Hamzat claimed, why seek to waste it on a man who was just a commissioner prior to 2015, and whose best outing so far is to function as a hand-picked running mate to a governorship candidate in the forthcoming 2019 elections?
“His is obviously the antics of a desperate and dishonest politician seeking to apply subterfuge and outright lies, believing that such could boost his lowly image, win him public sympathy and, possibly, votes”, the statement concluded.
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