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Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, has dismissed as “baseless and typically fictitious” the claim by Mr. Kenny Martins that the former President was persuaded to concede defeat after the 2015 general elections by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.


Kenny Martins of the Police Equipment Foundation had faulted Jonathan’s claim that he was not pressured by anybody to concede to President Muhammadu Buhari, stressing that the action was facilitated by the intervention of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

In a statement issued in Abuja, Saturday, Mr. Eze, said that Mr. Martins’ comments were mischievous for also dragging the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye and Bishop David Oyedepo, Winners Chapel General Overseer into the matter, just because they attended a meeting between Chief Obasanjo and Dr. Jonathan for reconciliatory purposes.

It said: “Our attention has been drawn to a statement by one Mr Kenny Martins where he faulted the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s recent assertion that he conceded defeat after the last Presidential election without anybody’s prompting, because he believed “it was the right thing to do.”

“In opting to disagree with Jonathan, Martins claimed that the former President was indeed persuaded to concede defeat at a meeting where ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo was supposed to have told Jonathan “if you win, I will support you; but for God’s sake, if you lose, just go quietly.”

“We won’t think twice before dismissing this claim as baseless and typically fictitious. We are also dismayed by the fact that Martins could be so indecent to deploy repulsive expletives by unabashedly accusing the former President of ‘lying.’

Without seeking to join issues with such a man, we wish to however make the following clarifications: “The former President’s visit to Obasanjo at the height of the campaign for the 2015 Presidential elections was highly publicized.

It was a visit undertaken by Jonathan to seek his predecessor’s support for his re-election bid.

“We wish to place it on record that the issue of ‘losing and conceding defeat’ was neither mentioned nor discussed at the meeting.

“It is instructive that Martins admitted that he was not at the meeting, as such, he has already conceded that it is not his place to determine what was discussed.

“We deplore the mischief of needlessly dragging in the names of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye and Bishop David Oyedepo, Winners Chapel General Overseer, simply because they were in attendance. We can however confirm that the two respected men of God were at the meeting, to the extent that they believed that Obasanjo and his political godson Jonathan, who were then having some differences, should be reconciled for the good of the nation.
“Again, we repeat that at no time during the meeting did the issue of conceding defeat feature in the discussions, a fact that the men of God can confirm.

“We advise that people with credibility issues should search for relevance elsewhere, rather than seek unearned validation by unduly attaching themselves to obvious good intentions of the former.

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  1. Let's face it, even if Obasanjo advised Jonathan to concede defeat during the 2015 presidential campaign. It does not mean that he was persuaded to concede the election. My reason being that, Former President Jonathan conceded defeat even before the final vote is counted. So Mr. Kenny Martins should be shamed of himself for trying to score a political point without thinking through that we are much more informed and educated today than yesterday. Have a great Christmas celebration and a happy and prosperous New year

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  2. Martins is a fool. Had he not seen people make vow yet they cannot keep to it? What make u think it was the said meetings that made him concede defeat.

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  3. Former president concided not because he wanted but rather that through intercessional of the few rightous still remaining in this country still trusting in Gods rightousness God heard and consented. Humans are very greedy and when in a big position beliieves he should hold on and not transfer or hand over but men were taken unaware. We thank God. This high time Nigeria and Nigerians fast and pray that should continually intervain and interceed in the furtherance of complete piece and tranquility for great turn around that would permanently usher in people that has, first and foremost, love of this country at heart to rebuild it and make Nigeria and Nigerians great again because God has given us all it takes to be great.

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