Doyin Okupe, former presidential aide, says allowing ex-chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega conduct the 2015 general election, and not fielding President Goodluck Jonathan, was the error the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, made. The media had reported Raymond Dokpesi, chairman of the PDP re-brand committee as saying Jonathan candidacy fueled animosity among party members, particularly from the north. Countering Dokpesi, Okupe posted to Facebook that the “impression that Jonathan was an error is itself a grand fallacy”. He said it was a global practice to allow incumbent president right of first refusal when such signifies an intention to re-contest.”If any error was made it was firstly the failure of the PDP administration to sack the unfair and compromised electoral Officer (Professor Attahiru Jega), who was allowed to conduct the election in spite of his obvious and profuse partisanship”.
“The second error was the inexplicable acquiescence of the PDP government to the use of the infamous Card Reader which was skilfully manipulated to the disadvantage of the PDP presidential candidate.
“The third error of the PDP was to have fielded a good, God fearing and patriotic man (Jonathan) who in spite of his enormous power, the avalanche of deployable arsenal of war at his disposal, transformed himself to be the victim and refused to fight so that his countrymen may live and his nation survived. The situation in Burundi today is highly instructive”, Okupe stated. He said “history will treat Goodluck Jonathan as one of the greatest heroes of this generation of African leaders”.
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