Book Launch: Why I Lost Election in 2015 – Goodluck Jonathan

Book Launch: Why I Lost Election in 2015 – Goodluck Jonathan

The immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan has made a claim in his book titled “My Transition Hours” on what really transpired after the elections in 2015 which cost him a re-election bid.

Goodluck unveiled how some former governors of his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defected to the then-opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) because of their blind ambition almost to the detriment of the country.

“This time around, there were governors who were rounding off their eight years tenure and were blinded by ambition,” he wrote about his re-election bid in 2015 having been overwhelmingly voted for in the 2011 election.

Excerpts of the book also shed more light on the situation.

“Some governors wanted to be Vice President whilst others strived to be the President. If I contested none could realise 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 this 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 a little if it mattered at all.”

Goodluck also explained that most of the governors who schemed against him then are currently being victimised by the APC.

The former president also said he faced a barraged of opposition from Northern leaders and the 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.

“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 the majority of Nigerians.”

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