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2015 POLLS: Obama, Jega, Mu’azu all wanted me out as president –Jonathan



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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has bemoaned the roles played by ex-United States of America President, Barack Obama, in ensuring that he was removed as Nigerian president in the 2015 presidential election.

Also fingered in the conspiracy against him was the erstwhile Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman, Attahiru Jega, and the then national chairman of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Adamu Mu’azu.

He said he felt betrayed and disappointed by the roles the duo of Mu’azu and Jega respectively played in the 2015 presidential election that saw him, an incumbent president, voted out of office.

This was contained in an advanced copy of the book, ‘Against the Run of Play – How an incumbent president was defeated in Nigeria,’ written by the chairman of Thisday Editorial Board, Olusegun Adeniyi, and obtained by Thisday.

Jonathan also revealed in the book, how the U.S. government “even brought some naval ships into the Gulf of Guinea in the days preceding the elections.”

Explaining the role of Obama, Jonathan said, “I got on very well with Prime Minister David Cameron but at some point, I noticed that the Americans were putting pressure on him and he had to join them against me.

“But I didn’t know how far President Obama was prepared to go to remove me until France caved into the pressure from America.”

The former president who said the only thing Obama administration officials held against his government was the allegation of corruption, added that “There was this blanket accusation that my body language was supporting corruption, a line invented by the opposition but which the media and civil society bought into and helped to project to the world.

“That was the same thing I kept hearing from the Americans without specific allegations.”

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On Jega’s role in his ouster, Jonathan said, “I was disappointed by Jega because I still cannot understand what was propelling him to act the way he did in the weeks preceding the election.

“As at the first week in February 2015 when about 40 per cent of Nigerians had not collected their PVCs, Jega said INEC was ready to conduct an election in which millions of people would be disenfranchised.”

According to the book, Jonathan said he really felt betrayed by results of the election from some northern states. He added, “Perhaps for ethnic purposes, even security agents colluded with the opposition to come up with spurious results against me.

“You saw the way the Inspector General of Police, a man appointed by me, suddenly turned himself into the ADC to Buhari immediately after the election.”

Explaining his disappointment with the role of Mu’azu, his own party chairman, Jonathan said, “What happened was very sad not for me as a person, but for our democracy.

“Take for instance, the PDP national chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu. I believe he joined in the conspiracy against me. For reasons best known to him, he helped to sabotage the election in favour of the opposition.”

In the book, Mu’azu however denied the allegation and claimed that he found it difficult to believe that the former president would level such an allegation against him.




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  1. Anita Kingsley

    April 26, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Jonathan should take his stupidity elsewhere, he nearly finished Nigeria during his corrupt tenure, now he feels he can blame others for his failure. Idiot

    • Nonso Ezeugo

      April 27, 2017 at 5:12 am

      Jonathan is stupid that i agree but his ruling is far better than Buhari ruling who don’t care about people who put him in that position.if Jonathan should come in 2019 i believe he will still win because during is time things were OK apart from Boko Haram issues that was not treated well

  2. Animashaun Ayodeji

    April 26, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Jonathan needs to understand these people he mentioned only did according to what Nigerians wanted, the first set of people to blame is Nigerians who voted him out of power, no matter the roles of Mu’azu and Jega and others, if Nigerians didn’t vote him out he’d still be in power by now.


      April 26, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      Forget your thrash. Nigerians voted Jonathan but jega rigged it in favour of Buhari.

  3. Agbor Chris

    April 26, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Corruption and misappropriation of public funds by Jonathan’s cabinet stood against him, Jonathan was a good president who wants the best for Nigeria, but he worked with the wrong team

    • yanju omotodun

      April 26, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      You think so, Jonathan himself is an emblem of corruption, so why the unnecessary praise of him. If he loathes corruption, his cabinet would shelve their corrupt way.

  4. Balarabe musa

    April 26, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    This man called Jonathan has no shame. So he is still talking about election that is already past. Let him contest in 2019 again now to test his credibility. Nonsense.

    • seyi jelili

      April 26, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      If he does, don’t be too sure he won’t win. Do you think Nigerians are comfortable with the Apc government, forget it aboki, 2019 will be a shock to many.

      • Isa Ibrahim

        April 27, 2017 at 11:10 am

        We are talking about personality test here not party. do you think gej will beat pmb in any kind of election in this country.remember gej lost in aso rock polling unit his seat of power. Gej presidency is a child of necessity that’s just it.

  5. mike

    April 26, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Jonathan is very corrupt how come his wife owns a lot of property in abuja and billion of nairas in her accounts, how come the wife was anointing pdp candidates for governorship, how come youth were injured and death during immigration recruitment and the minister was still not sack, how come massive looting took place just to mention few, he stop blaming people for his failure after all aso rock is not his father’s rock

    • My heritage

      April 27, 2017 at 5:54 am

      You’re a fool and you didn’t check your facts before accusing the former first lady. Have you not read in the news that she was clear and EFCC unfreeze her account? Are you so dump

      • Isa Ibrahim

        April 27, 2017 at 11:00 am

        Do you know about how she goes on collecting money from Nigerians who what to see her husband on appointment?

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