- Kinsmen of Goodluck Jonathan, under the auspices of Ogbia Political Forum (OPF) say they stand by the revelations of the former president regarding the 2015 election
- President of the group, Chief Azibaodusi Maclean Aduba, calls on Jonathan to expose the evil machinations during and after the 2015 election
- The group says it is delighted that the ex-president is coming out with the details of what transpired in the build-up to and after the 2015 general elections
Kinsmen of Goodluck Jonathan under the auspices of Ogbia Political Forum (OPF), have backed claims by the former president that both internal and external conspiracies worked against his re-election in 2015.
Jonathan had in an interview in a new book entitled ‘Against the Run of Play’ by This Day editorial board chairman, Mr. Segun Adeniyi, said foreign powers helped President Muhammadu Buhari emerge victorious in the 2015 general election.
The former president also suggested that election result in some parts of the country was inflated to favour Buhari.
Commenting on Jonathan’s claims, the OPF president, Chief Azibaodusi Maclean Aduba, in a statement said it stood by the revelation from Jonathan, Daily Post reports.
Aduba said many local and international forces took an unusual interest in the last elections to the ex-president’s detriment.
The group called on Jonathan to open up more to expose the evil machinations during and after the election.
It said: “Our attention has been drawn to excerpts from Segun Adeniyi’s new book entitled ‘Against the Run of Play’ as published by some media agencies, especially with the widespread reactions and comments from a section of the public.
“While we do not have the full details of the interview with former President Goodluck Jonathan which formed part of the book, we are at least delighted that the ex-President is finally coming out with the details of what transpired in the build up, during and immediately after the 2015 general elections. We are aware that some people are already dismissive of the interview, pretending to be roiled by what they describe as an attempt by Jonathan to clean up his image.
“Such people would prefer that Jonathan remains silent while the forces of evil continue to heap odium on his image and public records, despite all he did to preserve our democratic institutions and ensure that peace reigns in our dear fatherland. We however do not find anything new in what has come out so far from the book, as all that Jonathan was quoted to have said pertaining to national and international conspiracy against him during the 2015 elections, were well known to all and sundry then, and has continued to remain in the public domain.
“This same group of people are now savagely criticising the former President for the mere mention of the fact that Americans and few other world powers took unusual interest in the 2015 elections, in the bid to frustrate his re-election bid."
Meanwhile, Professor Attahiru Jega has responded to Goodluck Jonathan’s statement that the 2015 general election was flawed due to the different votes recorded in the election.
Jonathan had said that he was disappointed in Professor Jega who was the then chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the way the election went.
He said the margin between the presidential election and National Assembly results in Kano State showed everything was not right with the election.
However, Prof Mohammed Kuna who is the special assistant to Jega spoke on his behalf insisting there was nothing wrong with the Kano election.
The former INEC boss stated that there was nothing particularly special about the Kano result, adding that it is a general trend as many votes were more interested in the presidential election than in other elections.
He said that was what happened across the country and Jonathan could go and verify the facts.
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