Obama, PDP Govs worked against me in 2015 - GEJ ... blames Nigeria's recession on APC propaganda, other - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Obama, PDP Govs worked against me in 2015 - GEJ ... blames Nigeria's recession on APC propaganda, other

Jane Okafor

Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan(GEJ) has blamed the then President of United States, Barak Obama, some governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the All Progressives Congress' (APC) incendiary propaganda against him and his administration, as responsible for the loss of 2015.

This was revealed in a new book - My Transition Hours, written by him.

In the book, Jonathan chronicled his life path, particularly his last turbulent four years in office as President of Nigeria and the series of local and international intrigues that saw him lose the 2015 Presidential election in Nigeria to President Buhari of the ruling APC.

The ex - President also attributed the cause of the almost stifling recession experienced in the country by Nigerians to the APC propaganda and the hounding of his family by Muhammadu Buhari - led Nigerian government.

The book was presented to the public on Tuesday at Tranacorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, in a ceremony attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, ex - military President, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Atiku Abubakar and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Adams Oshiomhole among other dignitaries.

According to him, Nigeria slipping  into recession soon after he left office, "was a self-inflicted injury caused by misplaced priorities," by the present administration. 

He also debunked the 'empty treasury' of the present administration,  as a blatant lie.

“Recall that the opposition and their sympathisers and campaigners, both local and international, with their malicious propaganda, tore our economy to shreds, threatened our stability and existence as a nation and intimidated our citizens, all in the bid to take over power.

“Nevertheless, we conducted ourselves in a manner that allowed a peaceful transfer of power from a ruling party to an opposition party, for the first time since Independence in 1960.

“Rather than forge a coalition and build on the momentum we had gathered when they eventually took office, they went on a persecution spree and vengeance mission.

“That the country slipped into recession soon after we left office was a self-inflicted injury caused by misplaced priorities. The narrative of inheriting empty treasury is a blatant lie.

“Also, the excuse of the collapse of world crude prices does not hold water. This is because the Fourth Republic took off in 1999 with crude oil selling for less than $20 per barrel and a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth at 0.58 per cent, according to National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) figures. 

"Yet, the economy maintained a steady growth from that year, peaking at 15.33 per cent in 2002 when the average crude oil price was about $25." Jonathan wrote in his book - My Transition Hours.

However, Abdulasalmi Abubakar,

in his remarks during the book presenation, said the country is at peace today because Jonathan conceded defeat during the election.

The ex - military leader who was one of the key figures that played crucial roles in dousing the tension preceding, during and immediately after the 2015  Presidential election, noted that Nigerians owed Jonathan unquantifiable gratitude for loving the country more than power and conceding defeat during the election.

“We cannot thank you enough for the peace we are having in the country today; for the peaceful transition we had when you freely and voluntarily conceded defeat.

“By your decision, you have shown that you love your country more than you love power," Abubakar said.

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