Jonathan’s land grab an “abuse of office, corruption” – APC

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has said President Goodluck Jonathan committed a serious error of judgement, abused his office, violated the Constitution and engaged in corruption through his Abuja land grab that fetched him 90.04 Ha of land in the Aviation Village, barely seven months after he was sworn into office.

In a statement issued in London on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said nothing can justify the indiscretion of a sitting President acquiring such a huge swath of land, as contained in a newspaper advert and yet unrefuted by the President.

It said the claim of the President’s apologists that he grabbed the land because he wanted to engage in farming, which it said is allowed under the Fifth Schedule Part 1 (Code of Conduct for Public Officers) of the 1999 Constitution, and the disingenuous justification of the land grab on the basis that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo did the same while in office, missed the point.

APC said the issues involved go beyond the fact that a public officer is legally allowed to engage in farming, adding that the provision quoted by the President’s apologists is a weak and untenable defence.

”The Fifth Schedule Part 1(Code of Conduct for Public Officers) of the 1999 Constitution, Section 1 states that ‘a public officer shall not put himself in a position where his personal interest conflicts with his duties and responsibilities.’ But that’s exactly what the President did by leveraging his high office to grab a prime land in Abuja. Would Goodluck Jonathan have been given 90.04 Ha of such a prime land were he not a sitting President?

”What happened in that Abuja land grab is nothing but the height of indiscretion and abuse of office, and cannot be justified or explained away just like that. Without mincing words, it also amounts to corruption, which is defined in part as a perversion of integrity, and a glaring instance of bad leadership” the party said.

It said the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, was emboldened to also grab 40.40Ha of prime land in Abuja, under the facade of using it for farming, because his boss, the President, has done so.

APC slammed the President’s apologists for seeking to justify President Jonathan’s action because Chief Obasanjo, according to them, also acquired land for farming during his own presidency.

”Those pushing this kind of argument are worsening the President’s case and insulting Nigerians. When did one bad act become a justification for another? Does a thief escape punishment by saying he stole because someone else has stolen? If indeed Chief Obasanjo did it, does that make it right? Is this not part of the reasons this President has been unable to fight corruption?

”It is also important to point out that the Aviation village, under the Abuja Master plan, is meant only for Aviation-related activities and not farming. The President knew this, yet he went ahead to apply and was allocated land for farming in the Aviation Village. Perhaps his intention is to subsequently apply for a change of use. How many other people were allocated land for farming in the Aviation Village?” the party queried.

APC asked President Jonathan to apologize to Nigerians for engaging in such a brazen abuse of office, act of corruption and violation of the Constitution and immediately give up the land he has grabbed.


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  • BlackieUmukoro

    Liar myhammed always go beyond his brief in a bid to satisfy his pay masters. What have you about the numerous land thieves in your group and the Nigeria airways proprerty grab. It is unfortunate that you lap on any and everything to get at our hardworking president without substantiall ans unsailable evidences. Olodo

    • bib

      Don’t mind him. Doesn’t all land in Nigeria belong to Mr President? Besides, no be Niger Delta oil money he go take developen? Make he go sitdown Jo!

      • Ibraheem Aruna

        I shame for you oh. So because na Niger Delta money dem take build am so he get right to thief am.? You make me shame oh. Where you de when we de castigate Mrs Turai Yaradua and the cabal.

        • bib

          Thank you for the reminder.

        • chariot

          you guys just blaaarb a lot…………… Tinubu and fasola are doing the same land grabbing here in lagos

    • Bibi

      The ABUJA land your Ijaw President-Goodluck Jonathan- stole is part of the OIL IN YOUR BACKYARD. -eh?

      • BlackieUmukoro

        You lack parental care and proper upbringing. Anyway Abuja was developed with Ijaw oil money, mr parasite Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Bibi

          okay oooo, I see , hm hm the way the “Ijaw” oil was discovered with groundnut money from the North, and the pipleines were built with money from the Northern groundnut pyramid. What do you think Mr. Goodluck Jonathan!!!!

          • BlackieUmukoro

            When did your rotten fluke groundnut pyramid come into people’s consciousness. Who were the buyers and where did the proceeds go or ended up. Your lies shall find you out Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • dd

    Are you unhappy that you will not have enough Land to grab. The one APC have grabbed in Lagos not still enough? Want to grab the whole country?

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Stop being silly.

      An APC government will revoke the title to that land in the same way Madam Piss grabbed the other land from Mrs. Yar’Adua.

  • Eze1

    “I dont give a Damn”

  • ODOFIN, Lagos

    This is shameful and unbecoming of gej’s govt. chop I chop govt

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    What is Lai Mohammed looking for in London? If the photo op with Tony Blair is to be believed, everyone in Buhari’s entourage is a Muslim (Amosun, Bukoa Saraki, Buhari). Why don’t all these Muslims frequent Islamic countries and leave Christian countries alone? Why are Muslims issued visas by the West?

    • Funso

      Ọmọ àlè.

    • VOTEoutGEJ!

      What has this comment got to do with the issue that GEJ was corruptly allocated a massive land at the aviation village? That’s why you people fail examinations

  • bib

    If stealing is not corruption, how can mere grabbing of land be corruption? APC should find out if his ‘first lady’ did not also grab. Did it only stop at barren land?

  • AD

    There’s another land on ministers hill Maitama very close to Colorado APC should also check that

  • Ette

    GEJ is running anything goes government, and for them stealing, or land grabing is not corruption. Shame.

    • VOTEoutGEJ!

      Is this how GEJ claims to be different from OBJ?

  • warry

    The question I want to ask APC hypocrites is if Jonathan were an ordinary Nigerian and needs land for agricultural purposes, will he be denied? Okay,his becoming a president makes him forfeit the right to acquire any property, even if it is legal? Now all legislators, senior civil servants, Military men, have land allocations in Abuja. What is wrong in planning for life after office? I know that most American Presidents have Farms and Ranches. APC this ideology of lies,propaganda,manipulations,hypocrisy,deceit and repeated lies is wicked.

    • igbiki

      Go and rea the constitution, especially the Fifth Schedule Part 1(Code of Conduct for Public Officers) of the
      1999 Constitution, Section 1. It states that ‘a public officer shall not put
      himself in a position where his personal interest conflicts with his
      duties and responsibilities.’

    • Bibi

      So the Abuja land the Ijaw President -Goodluck Jonathan stole IS PART OF THE OIL IN YOUR BACKYARD-right?

  • igbiki

    If Obasanjo buy big plane, I go buy bigger ones!

    If Obasanjo have big farm, I go sieze bigger land!!

    • Bibi

      Is the Abuja land the Ijaw President -Goodluck Jonathan stole part of the OIL IN YOUR BACKYARD?

      • igbiki

        Is that question meant for me? You better ask Dr Kananga Mr-big Gbagbo Jonathan, he is old enough to answer for himself.

  • Dozie

    All who are stealing FCT land must return same forthwith. Hope the land is not taken in perpetuity. Not surprised OBJ set the bad example. A nasty man who should stop or made to stop damaging Nigeria just because he doesn’t have the Chairman PDP Board of Trustees post and people generating him.

  • Fatima Musa

    More than any president in the experienced, real, imagined or documented history of Nigeria, this is the first president, who has articulated and is executing a transformational blueprint for youth development, employment generation and empowerment, we all know APC are bunches of lies we know how APC tell lies and how violent they are. #GEJ4Naija

    • Sams

      Will you official change your name to ‘Fatima Musa’? Or will you revert back to your Igbo name after elections???

      • Fatima Abdu

        My brother Sam you are right. This lady is certainly using a fake name.

  • those pieces of land belong to the FCT and they were put to better use for the betterment of residents of the FCT.
    #GEJ4Naija

  • bello audu

    ”The Fifth Schedule Part 1(Code of Conduct for Public Officers) of the 1999 Constitution, Section 1 states that ‘a public officer shall not put himself in a position where his personal interest conflicts with his duties and responsibilities.’ But that’s exactly what the President did by leveraging his high office to grab a prime land in Abuja. Would Goodluck Jonathan have been given 90.04 Ha of such a prime land were he not a sitting President?

  • Moe

    Nemesis is tugging at GEJ’s shirt collar.

    • Uncle Charlie

      Seems like that same nemesis has already stripped you naked

      • Moe

        Please explain!

  • kemi

    APC you can lie

  • ubong ekanem

    APC when will you stop spoiling GEJ name

  • uzo

    APC why taking delight in spoiling GEJ’s name

  • Ibrahim

    this one na only land ooh not corruption and not stealing PhD Clueless would say may clueless would farm shoes on the land. March2APC

  • emmanuel

    APC all this will end you in defeat

  • Divine West

    APC plan will never work, we know what they are trying to do.

  • Ndubuisi Chinedu

    Thank God, Nigerians now know the hand work of APC, no matter you try to paint President Jonathan name it will not work.

  • Emeka215

    Ad what will they say about Obasanjo’s land grabbing?.

  • Enumah

    Am very sure Mr President is aware of the constitution before he went for the land purchase. His reason for owning the land for the purpose of agriculture is not a crime, why is APC blowing fire out of ice?.

  • nwaeke

    PROBE OBASANJO THEN YOU CAN GO AFTER GEJ!

  • Etega

    Condemn Olusegun Obasanjo for not only grabbing lands put for signing policies that will monopolize his farmland throughout Nigeria, before we can pan our light of reason on GEJ.

  • ade

    No wonder that is the reason why he doesn’t want to leave, so that all these will not be reveal. Every aspect of your government since inception will be check and where you are guilty, you will be jail. Is that is the reason why you were saying corruption and stealing is not the same thing. Okay, what have you done now? Corruption or stealing? OLE IFO. This is big stealing. If you are not at the helm of affairs of presidency, can you afford to buy such urge hectare of land? BIG THIEF. This is also one of the reasons why fayose want to die young by labelling GMB what is not. Nigerian are expecting you to caution all your messenger (fani kayode, foyose, and co), but you did not because of what you are stealing. OLE JAGUDA

    • Etega

      MY BROTHER WEN U GO WISE ABEG?.

    • geraldine jaja

      Nawa o…your mumu don ripe broz, e’remain make you chop am.

  • kingsley obi

    I must admit, the APC are a bunch of shameless people moving from one place to another looking for things to say

  • nafisat

    hahahaha…GEJ is shade proof, His good works stand out!GEJ till 2019!

  • uko bassey

    Rubbish APC news…All the propaganda in this world wont stop GEJ..He’s the best!

  • Chief Emeka bakogu

    Gov Ameachi and others have given them money of the state so they have travelling around from one country to another

  • Dr Sam Nwiyordee

    Lai Mohammed, you cannot deceive us, you are in London making all sorts of fallacious comment, be very careful

  • Mrs benita akpan

    He has such rights as a President

  • All these news just to castigate jonathan, the masses still recognize who the true leader is

  • Respect should be given to the number one citizen of this country.

  • Moe

    Lets do this.
    If I see a an article I want to explore…i generally reply.
    …and of course some people have something to say about what I wrote…this is all welcomed.
    Do not reply my write-ups if you have nothing intelligent to say. If you can’t contribute anything to anyones’s knowledge about any subject, refrain from writing!
    Sit down and wait until you can think of something that is intelligent and relevant to the topic. Joke if you want, A great sense of humour is actually one of the most important traits one needs for diplomacy!