The media aide to president Goodluck Jonathan, Dr Reuben Abati has stated that the presidential pardon extended to former Bayelsa governor, Diepreye Alamieseigha has no connection with his ambition to contest in the 2015 elections.
Posters being circulated however reveal that Alamieseigha has plans to contest for the Bayelsa Central Senatorial District slot.
The pardon has been widely condemned by Nigerians both home and abroad with pundits viewing the gesture from President Jonathan as an endorsement of corruption.
Alamieseigha is facing trial for money laundering offences in the UK; but escaped through Dubai in a disguise to avoid prosecution. He was impeached when he was Bayelsa governor also for graft practices.
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