Reno Omokri, an author and politician has said that former President Goodluck Jonathan lost the 2015 elections because Tinubu made a deal with Buhari.
Reno was responding to claims made by Ike Abonyi, a Senior Special Adviser on Media to Uche Secondus, the People’s Democratic Party’s National Chairman.
In his piece, “Jonathan’s 2023 selfish gamble”, Abonyi noted that “political players tend to reason selfishly when it comes to domiciling political power.”
Abonyi added: “It is so disgusting and disheartening that President Jonathan’s administration was so underwhelming in performance to the extent that Nigerians wanted anything but him.”
But Omokri, a former staff at the State House, begged to differ. He noted that Jonathan was ousted by a well played gang-up by Bola Tinubu and President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Former President Jonathan lost the 2015 Presidential election not because of the poorly defined reason given by Ike, but because Bola Tinubu made a deal with General Buhari and supported him on the understanding that after his tenure, Buhari will hand over to him.”
“Go through the results of each of the elections that Buhari has participated in between 2003 and 2019. In 2003, Buhari secured 12,710,022 votes. In 2011 he got 12,214,853 votes. In both of these elections, the bulk of his 12 million votes (about 89%) came from the North.”
“General Buhari has never exceeded 12 million votes in the North every time he contested against a Southerner. He has always been consistent with that number. He has a captive audience in the North and is anathema in the South. He needed a Southern Quisling and he found his mark in Tinubu.”