The Northern Elders Forum, NEF has reacted to claims by Dr Goodluck Jonathan in his recent book “My Transition Hours”, that the northern part of the country conspired against him.
They defended their opposition to Jonathan when he contested the 2011 and the 2015 presidential elections.
The spokesman for NEF, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, revealed to newsmen in a recent interview that the north worked against the former President because he and his party jettisoned the power shift (zoning) policy.
“We told him(Jonathan)why we worked against him,” he stated.
He added that the forum expected the former President to respect the zoning formula shortly after the death of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua but regrettably, Jonathan and his party reneged on the zoning agreement.
“Yes, it is true that Northern Elders’ Forum worked against Jonathan and we told him why.
“They themselves (PDP) admitted that they made a mistake in reneging on the power shift and why what happened happened,” the spokesman said.
The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has also stated that Jonathan’s statement that the north worked against was Odd bearing in mind the circumstance of that time. National Publicity Secretary of the group, Muhammad Ibrahim-Biu, said;
“It is on record that Jonathan contested the 2011 and 2015 polls against the zoning arrangement of his party that zoned the presidential slot to the North.
“Therefore, his assertions that Northern leaders and socio-political groups in the North worked against his presidency is rather odd, considering the circumstances at that time.
“Yet the ruling party secured 25 per cent in most states of the North. It may interest you to know that his party has since admitted the oversight in the party winning game plan.”
“This clearly means that leaders should always honour their words with deeds if they want to earn the respect of their followers.”