By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA: Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Yekini Nabena, has lashed out at former President Goodluck Jonathan, describing him as ‘a push and start President’ who never won any election even in his home state of Bayelsa.
Nabena was reacting to a media report credited to the former president in which he reportedly described the APC in Bayelsa as a party that lacked political presence at the wards, local government and state levels to win the state governorship election slated for November 16.
Jonathan, who stated this during the PDP Elders’ Advisory Council meeting at Government House, Yenagoa, added that the large number of governorship aspirants on the platform of the PDP indicated the dominance of the party as the preferred platform for election.
However, addressing journalists Thursday in Abuja, Nabena cautioned the former president to be mindful of making misguided comments so as not to ridicule his person.
According to him, Dr Jonathan has never contested any election and won, adding that even that of 2015 which he contested as a sitting president, he also lost woefully.
The Bayelsa born APC chieftain said: “Jonathan is attempting to rewrite history on presidential elections conducted under his watch in Bayelsa state while he was president. He never won as votes never counted. Aided by security agents, election results were simply announced by the election body in favour of the PDP.
“Former President Goodluck Jonathan even lost in his senatorial zone in the last 2019 National Assembly election won by the APC candidate. So, one wonders the party Jonathan was referring to as not being on ground in Bayelsa state”, he said.
Nabena accused the PDP and the outgoing Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson of plotting to use the state security outfit, Operation Doo Akpo, to rig the forthcoming Bayelsa governorship election.
“The media will recall that under Governor Seriake Dickson’s watch, 63 Smart Card Readers belonging to INEC were stolen and later retrieved. Also, I had earlier called on the Inspector General of Police to proscribe the state-controlled security outfit, Operation Doo Akpo following security reports indicating that the state government was plotting violence by flooding the state with arms ahead of the 2019 polls. That threat is still active as Bayelsa state prepares for the governorship election.
“It is clear that no amount of falsehood and rigging can stop PDP’s imminent defeat in the forthcoming governorship election. The PDP has become very unpopular and stands rejected in Bayelsa state”, Nabena declared.