BEVERLY HILLS, May 2, (THEWILL) – Erstwhile Security Adviser to the Bayelsa State Government, Chief Perekeme Kpodoh, has stated that former president Goodluck Jonathan lost the 2015 presidential election because of the retaliation he suffered from those he politically betrayed while in office.
Kpodoh, who spoke on Tuesday in reaction to the book; Against the Run of Play, written by the Chairman of the Editorial Board of ThisDay Newspapers, Segun Adeniyi, noted that the book was full of contentious claims and finger pointing by the former president.
He however pointed out that Jonathan ought to have known that “those he betrayed waited for him during the presidential election to have their pound of flesh”, insisting that “The loss at the poll was self-inflicted”.
The Interim Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Bayelsa State, said that the former president betrayed the people of the Niger Delta by refusing to change their status with roads and other infrastructure.
He also explained that the people of the North East voted against the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the former president because they felt betrayed over the issues of the Chibok Girls and the partial state of emergency invoked by the former administration.
According to him, “Jonathan’s Presidency never wanted the people of the North East to vote. But they shocked him by coming out en masse to vote despite threats by Boko Haram.”
On the claim by the former president that President Muhammadu Buhari succeeded against Boko Haram because he is from the North, Kpodoh said the claim was a defeatist argument, adding that, “Buhari won against Boko Haram because he is committed to the nation’s unity. Jonathan lost against Boko Haram because he lost the trust of the North East on the abduction of the Chibok girls.
“When the Chibok girls were kidnapped, the Jonathan’s Presidency had doubt. If they had moved quickly, they would have saved the Chibok girls.”