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The Ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan who launched his book recently tell how he lost the 2015 Presidential election to President Muhamed Buhari.
He said that INEC chairman Atahiru Jega conspired against him using the PVC strategy. INEC then made sure that PVCs were shared all around crisis ravage North East up to 100% but was not as widely distributed in the South. He also mentions how the PVC malfunctioned during election his Hometown.
Jonathan wrote in his book, ‘My Transition Hours’ launched in Abuja on Tuesday: “For some inexplicable reason, the INEC had been able to achieve near 100% distribution of Permanent Voter Cards in the North, including the North East, which was under siege with Boko Haram insurgency but failed to record a similar level of distribution in the South which was relatively more peaceful,”.
“Social media was filled with all manner of stories, pictures and videos. I had settled in my mind that I was not going to be the sitting president pointing out these infractions and accusing the opposition and the very INEC I helped to strengthen.
The world saw my ordeal at the polling unit in my community in Bayelsa State, where the card reader refused my PVC even after we tried repeatedly during accreditation,”
And it was the same with my wife and my mother. It was a moment that exposed the shortcomings of INEC”.
More to that he has been hearing rumours of Nigeria breaking apart by the United States intelligence and he decided to concede defeat”
“I knew what was coming the day before I called General Muhammadu Buhari. I had reports on the polls around the country. It was clear the results were not going to favour me. There were series of problems with card readers, resulting from widespread technical hitches leading to the non-uniform application throughout the country.
However, I was heading towards peace. Stopping the election on voting day would have been like detonating an atomic bomb,”
“The country was tensed. I had to do something. I could no longer wait for the collation of final results. The pressure on the country was palpable. In Lagos, people were ready to burst loose on the streets and in the North, the stage was set for envisaged violence. One of my party’s agents at the INEC National Collation Centre in Abuja, Elder Godsday Orubebe eventually got into a heated argument with the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega.
That further raised the tension in the country. Everyone was expecting the worse. I knew it was time to douse the tension,”.