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Jonathan lost because he didn’t fire Jega- Okupe

16 November 2015, 16:04Lekan Oladeinde

Lagos - The crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over what was responsible for the party’s loss in the last general elections continued on Sunday.

A former senior special assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe blamed the defeat of the party and Jonathan on the failure of the former President to sack the former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega before the last general elections.

Chairman of the party’s rebranding committee, Raymond Dokpesi had attributed the party’s loss to the fielding of Jonathan against the then zoning arrangement, which, he said, favoured the North.

The party spokesman, Olisah Metuh, denied the claim, saying Dokpesi spoke for himself and not the party.

Also read: Dokpesi’s apology remains his personal opinion – Metuh

Writing on his Facebook page on Sunday, Okupe gave his own reasons why the PDP failed in the general elections.

He said Jega was compromised and biased against Jonathan.

He wrote: “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”.

On the second mistake, Okupe said, “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 powers, 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 survive. 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.”

- News 24


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