Ikechukwu Eze, spokesman of the ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, has reacted to an alleged plot to stop the release of ‘On a Platter of Gold’, a book written by Bolaji Abdullahi, spokesman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
It was alleged that some Jonathan’s appointees, led Taminu Turaki, former minister of special duties and Abubakar Sulaiman, former minister of national planning, were working on strategies to stop release of the book.
They are reportedly worried that the book by Abdullahi, their former colleague, may reveal shocking revelations that could be injurious to their image.
In his reaction, Eze said told TheCable: “Is it possible for former ministers to stop a book written by the spokesman of a ruling party?”
“It doesn’t make sense for a former minister to stop such book. I mean I see no reason why anyone will stop the book.
“There have been many things written about the administration of Jonathan and no one stopped them. In any case, I am not aware of such a plot.”
The book to released in October, will be presented in November in Abuja.
Abdullahi gives detailed and largely exclusive account of the intrigues that surrounded the 2015 presidential election and its aftermath.
“On a Platter of Gold is part history, part political thriller, which answers many of the often-asked questions about Jonathan’s incredible rise to the highest political office in the land and his unprecedented electoral defeat in 2015″, said the publishers.
Subtitled ‘How Jonathan Won and Lost Nigeria’, its introduction reads: “Was Goodluck Jonathan weak and clueless as his traducers have claimed? Or – as his supporters have alleged – was he just a victim of vicious conspiracies by an entitled cabal that would stop at nothing to bring down this ‘intruder’ to power?”
“From an unknown university teacher, Goodluck Jonathan rose to become President of Africa’s largest democracy, in less than a decade -most astonishingly, without winning a single vote in his name.
“In contesting the 2011 presidential election, he declared that growing up as the son of a fisherman in the creeks of Nigeria’s Niger Delta, he had no shoes. This message resonated with millions of Nigerians.
“If I can make it, then you can as well,” he had declared. He went on to win with the highest majority vote ever recorded in the nation’s history.”