A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Bayelsa State and immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan’s kinsman, Mr. Godwin Sidi, has disclosed that Jonathan conceded defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari in the March 28 polls to cover up his atrocities in office.
Sidi, who was the Interim Secretary of the defunct New PDP, berated those ascribing heroic status to the former Nigerian leader for conceding defeat, saying he had no other choice but to do so.
The APC chieftain, who spoke at a news conference in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital on Friday, also called on the Federal Government and National Assembly to commence the probe of the former president over the whereabouts of the abducted Chibok girls.
“Jonathan’s conceding defeat is a ploy to cover up political atrocities he committed while in office”, he stated.
Mr. Sidi also accused the former president of taking possession of some property seized from a former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieseigha.
Alamieseigha was impeached in 2005 by the state House of Assembly, paving the way for Jonathan, who was his deputy, to become Governor of the state.
His property, home and abroad, was confiscated and returned to the state by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
But Sidi claimed some of the property seized from the former governor were in the possession of Mr. Jonathan.
He claimed that Jonathan took possession of one of the seized buildings of Alamieseigha at the highbrow Maitama District of Abuja, and later handed it over to his political associate and friend, who is a monarch in Bayelsa.
He also accused the ex-president of confiscating a 5-series bulletproof BMW car bought as a birthday gift for Alamieseigha by a friend.
The APC chieftain, therefore, gave the former president 72 hours to return Alamieseigha’s property in his possession or face a lawsuit.
He further asked the National Assembly to compel Jonathan to give account of the whereabouts of the Chibok girls since he was the Chief Security Officer of the country when they were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents.
Sidi, a former South-South Youth leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said his group had concluded plans to drag Mr. Jonathan to the International Court of Justice over the Chibok girls just as he asked the Code of Conduct Bureau to make the former president’s assets declaration public.
He alleged that the former president glorified in corruption and allowed graft to cripple the country.
Sidi added, “Jonathan was instrumental to the removal of Alamieseigha and prior to his removal, I remembered vividly that a friend of Alamieseigha bought him 5-series BMW car salon. Jonathan took that vehicle to Aso Rock.
“The vehicle is still in his possession. I want him to return that vehicle. Property, the one l know for now, there are other ones l am trying to investigate, of DSP in Maitama was given to Jonathan’s associate.
“I am giving them 72 hours to return the house to DSP as we prepare our papers to approach the court. The National Assembly should invite the President to give account of the Chibok girls because he was the Chief Security Officer at the time the girls were kidnapped.
“We are going to file our case at the ICJ over the Chibok girls. I am calling on the Code of Conduct Bureau to make Jonathan’s asset declaration public”.