Jonathan denies contesting AU chairmanship with Yayi

President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday said he did not contest the chairmanship of the African Union with the union’s new helmsman, President Boni Yayi of the Republic of Benin.  He said contrary to some reports that he contested and lost, he instead facilitated the emergence of Yayi as the new AU boss. The clarification was contained in a statement by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Abati described the reports insinuating that Jonathan contested and lost the election to Yayi as the latest in what he called a series of “sensational and fictional reporting” in a bid to cast the present administration in bad light.


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