14 February 2011

Nigeria: 'Rascals' - Jonathan Quoted Out of Context, Says Fayemi's Aide

Ado Ekiti — The Ekiti State Government has said that President Goodluck Jonathan might have been quoted out of context over a statement credited to him that governors in the Southwest who are not members of his party are 'rascals'.The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)-led administration in the statenoted that the President actually meant "radicals" for "rascals" while addressing a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) zonal rally in Ibadan recently.

It said PDP was afraid of the rapid development taking place in the states being controlled by opposition parties in the Southwest where the governors have touched the lives of the people of their states compared to the PDP-controlled states characterized by mediocrity in governance.

Addressing journalists in Ado Ekiti at the weekend, the Special Adviser to Governor Kayode Fayemi on Media, Mojeed Jamiu, described the President as an intelligent man, stressing that he must have been quoted out of context.

"The statement by the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, in Ibadan while flagging off his Presidential campaign where he allegedly called Southwest governors rascals was a mistake."

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