Jonathan lost to Buhari because PDP refused to sack Jega as INEC chairman – Okupe
Doyin Okupe, former spokesperson to immediate past
President, Goodluck Jonathan has explained why his
ex-principal was floored in the last March 28
Okupe, fondly called Jonathan’s ‘Attack Dog’ attributed
his former boss’ defeat to his failure to sack Attahiru
Jega as chairman of the Independent National Electoral
Commission, INEC, before the election.
He was reacting to claims by Chairman of DAAR
Communications (AIT), Chief Raymond Dokpesi, that
the candidacy of Jonathan was in error.
The former presidential spokesman, who had
maintained a closed lips since PDP was ousted from
power, took to his Facebook page to break his long
Democratic Party (PDP), to pick his ex-boss was in
Okupe further argued that the only error the PDP
administration made was their failure to sack the
immediate-past Chairman of the Independent National
Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega,
despite his alleged political incompetence.
His words, “The impression created in the media
recently that the candidacy of Goodluck Jonathan was
an error is itself a grand fallacy which totally
undermined the whole truth about the sanctity and
correctness of the wisdom of the PDP National
Executive Committee which made and ratified that
intention for a second term, it is customary that the
established machinery of the party wholly backs and
gratifies such intentions.
“If any error was made, it was firstly the failure of the
PDP administration to sack the unfair and
compromised electoral Officer who was allowed to
conduct the election in spite of his obvious and profuse
“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 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.
“Certainly history will treat Goodluck Jonathan as one
of the greatest Heroes of this generation of African
Leaders. Definitely not an error by any stretch of
“I speak today not as a spokesman for President
Jonathan. An episode and a proud chapter of my life
which has since come to a Close. Rather I speak as a
student of History and a veritable stakeholder in the
Nigerian project,” said Okupe.