Assam disagrees with Jonathan over 2015 election
Immediate past Nigerian envoy to the Russian Federation and Belarus, Ambassador Assam Assam (SAN) has disagreed with former President Goodluck Jonathan on the reasons he gave for losing the 2015 presidential election, saying the former leader should personally bear the burden of the loss.
The former President, as reported in the recently launched book, Against The Run of Play, by Olusegun Adeniyi, blamed some political personalities including the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for his failure to secure a second term victory.
But Assam in a statement issued in Calabar yesterday, said Jonathan listened to blackmailers and sycophants who perpetually led him the wrong way to the extent that he turned deaf ears to issues of corruption despite cries from persons like the then Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and went into the election with a weak Vice presidential candidate that could not even win his ward.
The Ambassador who is also a chieftain of the PDP in Akwa-Ibom State, traced Jonathan’s woes to the imposition during the governors’ forum election and blamed him for buying into blackmailers who in 2012 “sold him the idea that Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State was not ‘loyal’ to him and would use the forum to ensure he did not secure the presidential nomination of the PDP” and in the process Governor David Jang got 16 votes and was made the chairman over then Governor Amechi who got 19 votes.
“This did not go down well with five PDP governors who did not just leave the party, including Amaechi, but worked resolutely against the party. Even those, particularly from the North, who still publicly identified with the party, ensured during the elections, that in their States, all positions were won by PDP. Some of them even contested the Senate seats on the same day with the Presidential elections but President Jonathan could not even score the mandatory 25 percent in those states.
“I am sure the former President has forgotten how he masterminded the ousting of Dr. Bamanga Tukur as National Chairman of the PDP. Aghast, the world watched the removal from office of one man who worked hard to give our President a quality international image and supported him 100 percent. The same group brought Adamu Mu’azu who could neither manage the party nor the Presidential campaign.”
On the allegation by Jonathan that Western Democracies cost him the election, Assam said, “if they did, that means he was unable to sell himself and his programmes. In truth however, I want to know how the Americans, the British and the French, by deploying their frigates to the Gulf of Guinea, generated the under-aged voters in Kano, and Katsina which Dr. Jonathan said helped Buhari to win the election? This sounds to me like ‘an old wives tale’. How come the President never alerted the nation of a plan to invade the country if Buhari failed to win the election?”