Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has blamed his failure to secure a second term in office on the “ambition” of some governors who were ending their tenure.
In his “My Transition Hours”, a book that borders on his tenure in office, the Otuoke-born don cum politician also said a barrage of “fake news” also contributed to his failure.
TheEcho recalls that Jonathan lost the 2015 presidential election to the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari with over 2.5 million votes.
He also pointed out northern leaders who were hell-bent on a return of power to the zone sabotaged his efforts.
“This time around, there were governors who were rounding off their eight years tenure and were blinded by ambition.
“Some governors wanted to be Vice President whilst others strived to be the President. If I contested none could realise his ambition. This muffled implosion would fully manifest in the buildup to the 2015, which each ship-jumper calculating how much he or she would take from the PDP or the most opportune moment to cause maximum damage and based on that, plot their exit.
“As they jumped ship in preparation for the 2015 elections, only very few of this lots, if any at all, bothered about what the PDP did or did not do in terms of delivering our campaign promises. Their opposition to my re-election was principally driven by personal ambition. They therefore played up the issue of where I come from and the faith, I professed to fuel their burning ambition. My performance mattered quite little, if it mattered at all,” Jonathan wrote.