Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has refuted the claims made by a former United States of America Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell that the 2011 presidential election was rigged in his favour.
The spokesman to the former president, Ikechukwu Eze in a statement released on Sunday rejected Campbell’s assertion, insisting that Jonathan won the election fair and square. The 2011 presidential election was the first time the former president contested for the exalted office having inherited the position after the demise of his boss, Umaru Musa Yar’adua
The statement emphasised that former President Jonathan is known for his ‘one man, one vote, one woman, one vote, one youth one vote’ policy, a philosophy he further stamped with his ‘my ambition is not worth the blood of any citizen’ speech. Eze also reminded Campbell that GEJ is on record to have publicly called on members of the Peoples Democratic Party not to even attempt to rig for him, stating that he was a pencil in God’s hands.
“There is no doubt that Nigerians above 45 years witnessed the past six presidential elections in the country — 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019 — and are in a better position than Campbell to objectively appraise the processes. Perhaps this is the time to remind Campbell and other wheeling and dealing consultants like him that Nigerians have placed the 2011 elections behind them and are no longer in a position to welcome those who have nothing but sophistry to offer our citizens! As our own inimitable Fela would say, ‘Mr Teacher don’t teach us nonsense,” the statement concluded.