Nigeria’s former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has said that some ambitious governors belonging to the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), played up the religion and ethnic group he belonged to, to edge him out of power in the 2015 Presidential election.
“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.”
Dr. Jonathan, in his book titled: “My Transition Hours” which was launched today, Tuesday in Abuja to mark his 61st birthday, said that some former Governors of the PDP, who defected to the then opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) cost him the presidency because of their ambition.
The forme r President said that such PDP governors attacked him with a barrage of ‘Fake News.’
“This time around, there were governors who were rounding off their eight years tenure and were blinded by ambition.
“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 the 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.”