Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan has revealed that some Governors during his tenure were responsible for his defeat in 2015.
Jonathan claims that some former Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who defected to the then opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) cost him the presidency because of their ambition. He also claims that they attacked him with a barrage of ‘Fake News’.
GEJ made the claim in a book about his time in office titled: “My Transition Hours” which was launched on Tuesday.
“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 realise 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. 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,” .
It will be recalled that Rotimi Amaechi, Adams Oshiomhole, Babatunde Fashola and Rauf Aregbesola were notable among the governors that rebelled against Jonathan.