Former President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed that he was not happy with the way Prof. Attahiru Jega, the former Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), handled the 2015 election.
According to Jonathan about 40 percent of Nigerians had not collected their PVCs at the time of the election yet Jega decided to proceed with the election.
Jonathan disclosed this in a book, “Against the Run of Play” written by the Chairman of THISDAY Editorial Board, Mr. Segun Adeniyi.
“I was disappointed by Jega because I still cannot understand what was propelling him to act the way he did in the weeks preceding the election.
“As at the first week in February 2015, when about 40 per cent of Nigerians had not collected their PVCs, Jega said INEC was ready to conduct an election in which millions of people would be disenfranchised,” the former President said.
Jonathan added that he had a meeting with Jega to express his reservations about the preparedness of INEC for the election, but the Ex-INEC boss insisted that election would go ahead.
The former President also defended his decision to postpone the election, saying that it was for a genuine security reasons.
“When the military and security chiefs demanded for more time to deal with the insurgency, the reasons were genuine.
“As at February 2015, it would have been very difficult to vote in Gombe, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
“But the moment all the arms and ammunition that had been ordered finally arrived, the military was able to use them to degrade the capacity of Boko Haram to the level at which they posed no threat to the election.”
Jonathan also admitted that his defeat was caused partly by the former United States President Barack Obama and his Officials who made it very obvious by their actions that they wanted a change of government in Nigeria.
He added that the US was ready to do everything possible to achieve that purpose including the use of force as some of US naval ships were brought into the Gulf of Guinea in the days preceding the elections”.
“Of course, the Americans were encouraging him to go ahead yet they would never do such a thing in their own country. How could we have cynically disenfranchised about a third of our registered voters for no fault of theirs and still call that a credible election?
“The interesting thing was that the opposition also supported the idea of going on with the election that was bound to end in confusion.”
The book also revealed how the Obama’s government undermined Jonathan’s government’s fight against Boko Haram in the North-East in order to ridicule his government and make it unpopular.