- Adolphus Wabara has said PDP would not have lost in 2015 if former president Jonathan had listened to his advice
- According to the former Senate president, he advised Jonathan not to contest the election as the party would lose out in the 2015 poll if he did
- Wabara said that the PDP lost because of Jonathan’s misunderstanding of politics
The former Senate president and secretary of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Adolphus Wabara, has said that the party would not have lost the 2015 presidential poll if former president Goodluck Jonathan took the advice not to contest the election.
The former BOT secretary said this in an interview with Vanguard in Aba, as he also explained that he visited Jonathan in 2011 and warned him about the expected loss of power by the party if he contests the 2015 presidential poll. He said that the former president ignored his advice and the party later lost as he said.
Wabara said that his advice to Jonathan made the then Chief of Staff, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, to deny him further access to the former president.
He said his advice was not because he hated the former president but that his decision was influenced by the power sharing arrangement between the northern and southern zones of Nigeria.
He said: “If President Goodluck Jonathan had listened to me, PDP would not have lost power in 2015. I visited Jonathan in 2011 and pleaded with him not to contest the 2015 presidential election.
"If he had heeded my advice, we would not be suffering today. We lost because of Jonathan’s misunderstanding of politics.
"I advised him not to contest, you are not a Northerner.2015 belongs to the north, you can’t complete their tenure. But you can complete the tenure of your late boss, that’s constitutional. He ignored my advice and his then Chief of Staff, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe denied me further access to the President.”
The former Senate president, who represented Abia South senatorial district from 1999 to 2007, also added that PDP's failure in 2015 was because the party did not insist on the zoning formula, which was a very big mistake.
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“Zoning is key in PDP, when you talk of zoning, you talk of equity. Our party macro zones and micro zones positions. PDP would have been in power if President Jonathan had respected our policy of zoning in 2015. It was a mistake by the PDP,” he said.
Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson, on Friday, May 24, appointed Jonathan as honorary special adviser on the Bayelsa Education Trust Fund Board.
Speaking at the formal launching of the trust fund in Yenagoa, Dickson appealed to Jonathan to use his influence to attract donations to the fund.
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