Jonathan right not to make assets public, says PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday rose in stout  defence of President Goodluck Jonathan, saying he had done nothing wrong or violated any law by refusing to make his assets public.

“In order to set the records straight, we wish to state that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has duly declared his asset in compliance with the provisions of section 140(1) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the ruling party, known for defending the indiscretions of its members, said in a statement.

“He has completed the relevant documentations and submitted same to the Code of Conduct Bureau. It is important to note that there is no further legal requirement in this regard as it concerns the declaration of assets.”

President Jonathan had during his third presidential media chat on Sunday condemned the mounting calls on public office holders to publicly declare their assets while in office, saying such clamour by Nigerians is not right, as officials should be allowed to determine whether making their assets public agree with their principles.

He made it clear his own principle disagree vehemently with allowing Nigerians know how much he is worth and what he really owns, adding that when the matter came up during his time as Vice President to late President Musa Yar’Adua he made it very clear it was not a right decision to make his assets public.

But in the statement by its spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, the PDP said Mr. Jonathan was right in refusing to publicly declare his assets.

“Publishing the declaration of assets is not a requirement of law or the constitution,” Mr. Metuh said. “Any decision to make public such a declaration is at the discretion of the individual concerned and should therefore not be used as a reason to distract the government from performing more critical constitutional duties.”The party said it could “attest to the high degree of integrity and transparency of President Jonathan.” 

“We urge him to remain focused on the great task of revamping the economy and delivering the dividends of democracy to Nigerians. The task of transforming Nigeria into one of the most vibrant economies in the world requires the cooperation of all Nigerians. The President must therefore not be distracted by issues that have no bearing on the fundamental needs of the nation.”

The statement also said Mr. Jonathan’s refusal to make his assets public violated no sections of the PDP manifesto.”


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  • AcuraLegend

    Democracy is government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Its the people who elected you there, and this is what your electorate are saying…in simple English…Mr Presido! Please wetin you get as money, property, before you enter office?We wan know so that we fit measure am with wetin you go get when you comot office. Shikena. Failure to do so means either (1) you dont understand the people’s request or (2) that its not even the people who “elected” you so you owe you allegiance to the one’s who who ‘installed’ you AKA PDP and the PDP Manifesto.

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Long overdue clarification. Although this is quite obvious but then so many are blind in this country, including the never-do-well fulbes.

  • Lawrence Aje

    Is this a damage control, propoganda or effrontery by PDP? A leader should lead by example. If Mr President has nothing to hide from public glare, then, he should be glad, as a matter of principle and much moreof respect for constitution of this country, to declare his assets. He mmight not brake PDP constitution (if it has a genuine one) but spitting on our collective laws is unbecoming of an elected President of our country. In the face of grave danger curruption portends for this country, a genuine leader should strive beyond minimum constitutional requirement to write boldly tough measures in the hearts of men and women of the dear country. He ought to send a richochetting message to all that he is ready to drive back curruption to the pit of hell. It is highly unfurtunate that the President and the Party which gave him platform are potent curruption tools. The whole media interaction was a disaster. How does a civilized leader use a word like DAMN in public and private life? What kind of leader is GEJ and all of them with foul languge? People like Abati should be vomitting their guts at that poor presidential outting. I was nauseatting myself.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    PDP is an axis of thieves,looters and embezzlers of Nigerian citizenry commonwealths and will always support the captain of official corruptiion and representative of thievfes and looters in the presidency-Ebele Jonathan who protects them all at all times.PDP has been in governance in the presidency since may 29,1999 but nothing that PDP can today point out as achievements either security,education,power,healthcare,employment or anything for the people of Nigeria.

    Why can’t PDP fell ashame? Because,PDP are bunch of rogues and crooks scamming Nigerian resources and funds to enrich themselves creating billionares like Dangote,Otedola,Adenuga etc to enrich membership of PDP.Nothing more.Anything PDP-is Poverty Development Party for Nigerians.PDP must go in 2015 in order to straighten out our nation and focus our natural resources and tax revenues on the welfare of Nigerians not criminals axis like PDP.

    Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan,
    Writes From Canada.