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Monday, 16 November 2015
Jonathan lost to Buhari because he didn’t fire Jega as INEC chairman says Okupe
Former presidential spokesperson, Doyin Okupe, says it’s wrong for Chairman of DAAR Communications (AIT), Raymond Dokpesi, to say the PDP erred by fielding Goodluck Jonathan in the last presidential election.
Okupe said the only mistake made by the Peoples Democratic Party-led government, was to refrain from sacking former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega.
Writing on his Facebook page on Sunday, Okupe said that Jonathan’s government should have terminated the appointment of Jega, owing to his political bias.
“The impression created in the media recently that the candidacy of Goodluck Jonathan was an error is itself a grand fallacy which totally undermined the whole truth about the sanctity and correctness of the wisdom of the PDP National Executive Committee which made and ratified that decision.
“All over the World, when an incumbent signifies intention for a second term, it is customary that the established machinery of the party wholly backs and gratifies such intentions.
“If any error was made, it was firstly the failure of the PDP administration to sack the unfair and compromised electoral Officer who was allowed to conduct the election in spite of his obvious and profuse partisanship.
“The second error was the inexplicable acquiescence of the PDP government to the use of the infamous Card Reader which was skilfully manipulated to the disadvantage of the PDP presidential candidate.
“The third error of the PDP was to have fielded a good, God fearing and patriotic man who in spite of his enormous power, the avalanche of deployable arsenal of war at his disposal, transformed himself to be the victim and refused to fight so that his countrymen may live and his Nation survived. The situation in Burundi today is highly instructive.
“Certainly history will treat Goodluck Jonathan as one of the greatest Heroes of this generation of African Leaders. Definitely not an error by any stretch of imagination.
“I speak today not as a spokesman for President Jonathan. An episode and a proud chapter of my life which has since come to a Close. Rather I speak as a student of History and a veritable stakeholder in the Nigerian project.”