Former president Jonathan has refuted claims made by the governor of imo state, Chief Rochas Okorocha on attempted inducement allegation made against him during 2015 election.
In a statement by his Media Adviser, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, yesterday, the former president dismissed the claims as lies, adding that he (Jonathan) did not need Okorocha to garner votes in the South East, which he described as his political stronghold. Jonathan Jonathan insisted that he never had any conversation with Okorocha ahead of the 2015 elections.
The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to Governor Okorocha, and published by a national newspaper on September 27, 2017, where he was quoted to have said that former President Jonathan offered him an influential ministry and huge sums of money to dump his party ahead of the 2015 elections, which he rejected.
We offer to quickly dismiss these claims as lies, because we are clear in our minds that such conversation never happened. “We are wondering whether this truly came from the governor because we are sure that even Okorocha himself did not believe that anybody would accept these claims. In the first place, it sounded irrational and absurd. Besides, it was obvious to all and sundry that the South East, being Dr. Jonathan’s political stronghold, the ex-President did not need Okorocha to win in the zone. “However, to set the records straight, we make bold to say that former President Jonathan never made any contact with Okorocha, ahead of the 2015 elections.
“The claim of an offer of ‘an influential ministry’ is also quite surprising because the former President was not in the habit of making frivolous promises, especially pertaining to government positions and offices. All those who had either worked closely with him in any capacity, or served in Dr. Jonathan’s administration can bear testimony to the fact that idle talk is not his style.