BY Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Four times minister, Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas, has described President Goodluck Jonathan as a victim of high and powerful web of conspiracy and manipulations, orchestrated by some politicians not happy with his emergence as President and calls for his re-election in 2015.
Graham-Douglas, who served four different ministries in the administrations of General Ibrahim Babaginda, late General Sani Abacha and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, said the insurgency in the North was orchestrated to scuttle Jonathan’s rising profile and achievements as well as stop his re-election in 2015.
The Kalabari Chief, in Yenagoa, Wednesday, at a reception held in his honour by the former Secretary to the Bayelsa State Government, SSG and founder of the Azaiki Public Library, Prof. Steve Azaiki on the occasion of his 75 birthday anniversary, said he had earlier warned Jonathan against plots of conspiracy against his administration and the issue of insurgency in the Northern part of the country.
According to him, all the dastardly acts of terrorism were targeted at derailing the government of Jonathan as demonstrated by the activities of Boko Haram.
He noted that as a four-time minister, who was in the nation’s “inner circle,” he has a lot to be revealed in his yet to be published autobiography.
He said: “What is happening today is a concentric circle of intrigues, conspiracy and manipulations, but people looking at it, say Boko Haram carried girls. What are they after? I have advised our son, open your eyes and for every step you are taking, see if there is a hole.”
On the emergence of Jonathan as Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in 2007, Graham-Douglas said though Jonathan was not prepared for the office of Vice President, he and others practically begged Jonathan to accept the Vice Presidency in 2007 to assuage the feelings of the Ijaw in the South-South geo-political zone.
Alabo Graham-Douglas said he travelled to London to prevail on Jonathan to accept the idea of vice presidency in order to scuttle the presidential ambition of a former Rivers State governor, after a meeting involving him and some Northern elements, including the late Olusola Saraki.
“I played a very pivotal role in the emergence of Jonathan (as Vice President). I set up a system between ourselves and the Northern Union. I was a friend of (Olusola) Saraki. We decided that we must have President and Vice President. I travelled to London to see Jonathan after I brokered the whole thing and I said, ‘please come and lead us.”