– Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has listed key reasons why he lost his re-election bid in 2015
– He listed PDP governor’s defections, fake news and Northern leaders’ opposition as reasons behind his defeat
– These allegations are reportedly contained in a book about his tenure in office titled: My Transition Hours
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed the alleged reasons why he lost the 2015 presidential election to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The former president claimed that the mass defection of some former governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the then opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) cost him his bid to be re-elected for a second term in office.
Jonathan who lost the 2015 presidential election with just over 2.5 million votes also reportedly blamed northern leaders who wanted power returned to their region for sabotaging his re-election bid.
These claims, according to Premium Times, are contained a book about his tenure in office titled My Transition Hours launched on Tuesday, November 20.
Below are some excerpts:
“Some governors wanted to be vice president whilst others strived to be the president. If I contested none could realize his ambition. This muffled implosion would fully manifest in the buildup to 2015, which each ship-jumper calculating how much he or she would take from the PDP or the most opportune moment to cause maximum damage and based on that, plot their exit.
“As they jumped ship in preparation for the 2015 elections, only very few of these lots, if any at all, bothered about what the PDP did or did not do in terms of delivering our campaign promises. Their opposition to my re-election was principally driven by personal ambition. They therefore played up the issue of where I come from and the faith, I professed to fuel their burning ambition. My performance mattered quite little, if it mattered at all,” he reportedly wrote.
Jonathan reportedly added that in a twist of fate, most of the governors and other prominent members of the former ruling party who plotted against him are now being victimized in the APC.
The former president also said he faced a barraged of opposition from Northern leaders and socio-political group who felt he was usurping power from the region. He said these northern power blocs had tried to deny him of his constitutional right of replacing the late president Umaru Yar’Adua, who died in office, in 2010.
He said despite the threats and opposition he was able to win the 2011 election
“In spite of the threats and provocations to make the country ‘ungovernable’ for me, I had the overwhelming support of Nigerians in the run-up to the presidential election in 2011. I was able to win the election to the grace of God and the love of Nigerians. The election was all but won even before the whistle was blown for some strong factors. To mention a few, the pressure to preclude me from contesting in 2011, met with solid indignation from majority of Nigerians.”
He said in 2015, some northern leaders continued to oppose his presidency and his bid to seek a second term in office, but a new element was added to the opposition: “constant fabrication of damaging stories”.
“Many reasons make the onslaught in this context very suspect especially as it was being managed by foreign experts mostly from the United States.
“Throughout my tenure in office as President, there was constant barrage of what Donald Trump has now termed ‘fake news’ coming from a well-oiled media propaganda machine. I can say as a matter of fact that were never any snipers in training or already trained. There were no lists of political enemies to be taken out.
“There was no missing $49.8 billion and more importantly I can say that even those who made these and other allegations knew that they were false. This probably explains why many of these allegations died a natural death even as the echoes of my retreating footsteps still resounded nationally and globally,” he wrote.
He said he faced unending insults during his tenure and one that was particularly bemusing to him was the tagging of his presidency as “clueless” despite a number of firsts the country recorded during his tenure.
He said his tenure heralded “phenomenon economic growth” for the country, the most prominent of which was the 2013 declaration of Nigeria as the largest economy in Africa.
He said it was no ordinary diplomatic feat for the country to be elected into the Security Council of the United Nations twice during his tenure.
He added that it was during his administration that a Nigerian, Akinwumi Adesina (his minister of agriculture), became the president of the African Development Bank for the first time.