Jonathan lost 2015 election because he was not clever – Babangida Aliyu

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Aliyu says Jonathan should have chosen not to run for another term in the 2015 general elections

The ex-Niger governor says the ex-president should have allowed a younger candidate to run

Aliyu agrees with Jonathan that the US may have indeed worked against him in the elections but admits that there is no concrete proof

A former governor of Niger state Babangida Aliyu has blamed ex-President Goodluck Jonathan for being the architect of his own misfortune in the 2015 elections.

The Cable reports that Aliyu told Segun Adeniyi, a renowned journalist, in his new book ‘Against the Run of Play’ that Jonathan was not clever enough to let go off a second term bid.

According to the former chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, if Jonathan had allowed the PDP to field a certain younger candidate from the north, the party would still have been in power today.

Babangida Aliyu says Jonathan lost 2015 election because he was not clever

He said: “If Jonathan had been clever enough to say he would not run and had stuck with the PDP zoning formula by supporting a young northern candidate, I am most certain Buhari would have shelved his ambition to contest in 2015, knowing there was no way he would win.”

Aliyu however hinted at an agreement with Jonathan on the involvement of the United States of America in the outcome of the general elections that ousted the former commander-in-chief.

According to Aliyu, he and 11 other governors from the northern region of the country were invited to the United States to know if they were willing to remove Jonathan from office.

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He said: “I have no proof of course, but I think the idea was to ascertain what the disposition of the north would be to the idea of another term for President Jonathan.

“That was my reading of the situation. I believe it was all about the 2015 election for which the Americans had resolved not to support Jonathan. They just wanted to size us up for the level of commitment to regime change.”

Babangida Aliyu says Jonathan lost 2015 election because he was not clever

We recall that in the same book, Jonathan accused former US President Barack Obama of orchestrating his defeat in the 2015 presidential election.

Among other things, Jonathan accused Obama of turning world leaders against him and sending warships into the Gulf of Guinea in the days preceding the election to intimidate him.

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