Jonathan Accuses Obama Of Taking Sides With Buhari In 2015 Election

LAGOS NOVEMBER 21ST (NEWSRANGERS)-Former Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has alleged in his new book ‘My Transition Hours’ that ex-US President Barack Obama interfered in the country’s presidential election in 2015.
According to Jonathan, Obama allegedly took sides ahead of the 2015 presidential election after sending the then U.S Secretary of State, John Kerry, to Nigeria in a bid to allegedly humiliate him as a sitting president at the time.
The former president, in the book, said Obama’s video broadcast to Nigerians ahead of the 2015 election was intended to influence the outcome of the poll in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Jonathan wrote: “I can recall that President Obama sent his Secretary of State to Nigeria, a sovereign nation, to protest the rescheduling of the election. John Kerry arrived in Nigeria on Sunday January 25, 2015 and said ‘it’s imperative that these elections happen on time as scheduled’.
“How can the US Secretary of State know what is more important for Nigeria than Nigeria’s own government? How could they have expected us to conduct elections when Boko Haram controlled part of the North East and were killing and maiming Nigerians? Not even the assurance of the sanctity of the May 29, 2015 handover date could calm them down. In Nigeria, the constitution is very clear. No President can extend his tenure by one day.
“On March 23, 2015, President Obama himself took the unusual step of releasing a video message directly to Nigerians all but telling them how to vote. In that video, Obama urged Nigerians to open the ‘next chapter’ by their votes. Those who understood subliminal language deciphered that he was prodding the electorate to vote for the opposition to form a new government. The message was so condescending, it was as if Nigerians did not know what to do and needed an Obama to direct them.

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