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Jonathan alleges plot to pull him down, as FEC mandates six ministers to visit Yar’Adua in Saudi Arabia

Source: africanexaminer.com

Abuja Thu. Feb. 18, 2010 African Examiner -Acting President Goodluck Jonathan has alleged

that some disgruntled elements who are unhappy with his emergence are launching media

campaign against him.
The spokesman for the Acting President Ima Niboro said in a statement in Abuja that ''the

first installment of the planned and well coordinated media onslaught against the Acting

President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, was published in a national newspaper”

The Acting President however, warned against campaign of calumny against him adding

that such attacks will not deter him from performing his duties.

The statement read in full
N300 Billion and other absurd tales!
“Today, the first installment of the planned and well coordinated media onslaught against

the Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, was published in a national

newspaper” [not the Nigerian Tribune], “alleging that he (the Acting President) approved

the expenditure of a whopping N300 billion, for both pro-Yar'Adua rallies and those that

were in his interest.” The report also claimed that members of the National Assembly were

bribed to do their patriotic duty to save the nation from drift.

“It can be recalled that a few days ago, there was an allegation of a purported release of

two billion US dollars from the Excess Crude Account to governors to facilitate their

endorsement of Jonathan as Acting President.
“While we commend the Chairman of the Governor's Forum, Dr. Bukola Saraki, for dealing

satisfactorily with that allegation in a rejoinder, it is interesting to note that two billion dollars

translate to roughly N300 billion. There is, therefore, no question that both allegations

emanate from the same source.
“We know those behind these publications. Nigerians have come to know them as

careerists in power. But we see them as misguided elements determined to exceed their

call of duty and play God over the affairs of the Nation.

“They are wicked and ungodly and their time is up! Never, again, must we allow our nation

to be strangulated by a privileged few who will rather fiddle with our common wealth while

the nation burns.
“We are aware that they have set aside a huge war chest in billions of naira to bring the

Jonathan Acting Presidency to disrepute by any means possible. It is, therefore, hardly

surprising that as cunny as these allegations obviously sound, they still get mention in our

media space. We are fully on the tracks of this so-called group; this unfortunate band of

liars. In the fullness of time, they shall be brought to book.

“We find no need to dignify the N300 billion allegation with a response. What is more, those

selling this lie are careful to state that the money was procured from a certain

businessman, who is to be settled in a matter of weeks by “a huge oil contract.”

“Three hundred billion naira sourced from one man at a go? We demand to know who this

businessman is. Anyone that keeps liquid cash of N2 billion dollars to bribe people belongs

only in jail! Huge oil contract? Maybe Nigerians need to ask those who have been involved

in handing out such contracts how such quid pro quo deals are done.

“Let me use this medium to reiterate that we shall not be deterred by campaigns of calumny

or any other method whatsoever in our collective efforts to reform this nation, and change

our ways of doing things once and for all. The acting president is determined, and he is

counting on the total support of all Nigerians”.
Meanwhile, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has raised a six man panel to visit the

ailing President Yar'Adua in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Members of the delegation are; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Alhaji

Yayale Ahmed, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Prince Adetokunbo Kayode

Ministers of Health Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, Agriculture and Water Resources Dr.

Abba Sayyadi Ruma and Foreign Affairs Chief Ojo Maduekwe.

The team is also mandated to convey a formal appreciation of the country to the King of

Saudi Arabia for taking care of the sick President who has been away from the country

since Nov. 23, 2009

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