Mr. Matthew T. Page, a top intelligence analyst, who worked with the Ex-President Barack Obama’s administration, has revealed that the United States invited 12 northern governors to Washington to seek their support to change the President Goodluck Jonathan’s Government during the 2015 Presidential Election.
Former Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, had alleged that 12 governors from the north conspired with the United States to remove Ex-President Jonathan in 2015.
Also, according to Mr. Segun Adeniyi’s new book, ‘Against Run of Play’, Jonathan had revealed that there was international conspiracy during the build up to the 2015 elections.
According to Mr. Page who was the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Africa and the US State Department’s top intelligence analyst on Nigeria, in an interview with Reno Omokri, Jonathan’s former aide, he claimed that northern governors came to the meeting with speech that clearly read like a petition against Ex-President Jonathan.
The revelation is contained in Reno’s new book ‘Facts Versus Fiction: The True Story of the Jonathan Years: Chibok, 2015 and Other Conspiracies’.
The book which will be released in June this year provided details of the US meeting which started at the State Department and ended in the White House.
Mr. Page said that he was at the meetings with the northern governors.
He alleged that “at that meeting, Admiral Murtala Nyako read out a memo he had written itemizing the case against Jonathan. He was so openly and almost violently against the Jonathan administration in his speech that he had to be openly rebuked at the meeting by the then Nigerian ambassador to the US, Ambassador Adebowale Adefuye, of blessed memory.
“Admiral Nyako’s belligerence against the Jonathan administration was so venomous that it prompted a rebuttal from the Gombe State governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, who showed loyalty to the then Nigerian President. According to Mr. Page, this prompted most of the other Northern governors present to turn on him.”
Speaking on whether the Obama’s administration was against Ex-President Jonathan’s re-election, Mr. Page said; “My objective opinion is that it was not as if the administration was against Jonathan. There were a number of issues. The Obama administration was a bit disappointed (I know that sounds paternalistic) but there were some issues they had felt let down on.
“The human rights situation in the Northeast, which has still not changed under Buhari, and Diezani Alison-Madueke who they felt should have been removed. There were some issues with some clauses in the Same S*x Marriage (Prohibition) Bill 2013”.
Reno’s book also added that “another interesting connection is that these high level meetings arranged for Northern governors by the Obama administration took place in 2014, at the same time that Obama confidant and former White House Senior Advisor, David Axelrod’s firm, AKPD Message and Media, began to work as a paid consultant for the then Nigerian opposition party, All Progressives Congress.”