Jonathan plotting to sit tight in office, Obasanjo says

Jonathan plotting to sit tight in office, Obasanjo says

Saturday, February 14, 2015 12:40 pm

Abiodun Onafuye/ Abeokuta

Less than 12 hours after returning to Nigeria from a two-week trip abroad, Nigeria’s former leader, Olusegun Obasanjo this morning accused President Goodluck Jonathan of nursing a sit tight agenda.

The former president even drew similarities between Jonathan’s agenda and the disgraced former Ivorian leader, Laurent Gbagbo, now facing trial in The Hague for war crimes. Gbagbo plunged his country into a civil war, refusing to concede electoral victory to then opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara.

Obasanjo: says Jonathan is like Laurent Gbagbo of Ivory Coast

Obasanjo: says Jonathan is like Laurent Gbagbo of Ivory Coast

Obasanjo actually described Jonathan as Nigeria’s Laurent Gbagbo in a press briefing on Valentine Day, a day that Nigerians would have trooped to the polls to elect a new president.

But a week ago, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega made a shocking announcement, postponing the election by six weeks. The Presidential and National Assembly elections will now take place on 28 March, while the Governorship and State Assembly elections will take place on 11 April.

Obasanjo was not in Nigeria when Jega announced the shift, but this morning he described it as a decision forced on INEC chairman. And he added, it was also a sad day for Nigerian democracy

“I am surprised with the postponement. I left Nigeria penultimate Wednesday,I traveled to Morocco, Munich,Nairobi,London and New Delhi. Exactly a week today,we were in Munich for the Munich Security Conference. I was there with Kofi Annah,a lot of world leaders were there and I was to talk about peace in Africa.

“Suddenly,people started asking me questions from different part of the world about the development in Nigeria. I decided not to issue any categorical statement until I get back home.

“It turned out to be a forced decision on INEC. It was alleged that the security chiefs were unable to provide security and as result,Jega has to postpone in accordance with the dictate of the so called security chiefs.

“It was a bad precedent for democracy in Nigeria. It means no matter any preparation the nation set on ground in future for any elections,the final decision lies on the security. This is a sad day for democracy in Nigeria”, he said.

Obasanjo believes that President Jonathan is up to something and his plan is to scuttle the electoral process and cause chaos in the country as was done by the former President of Ivory Coast,Laurent Gbagbo.

“President Jonathan has a grand plan to ensure that by hook or crook,he wins the election and if he fails,he scuttles it and brings chaos,confusion and unpleasantness in the whole country. It is either he is following his own grand plan or playing a script,which of course,must have gotten his endorsement.

“He is trying to play Gbagbo,the former President of Cote D’Ivoire. He postponed election in his country until he saw that he would win. He did not allow election to hold. When it eventually held,it was an inconclusive election. In the run off election,he lost to Quattara and he refused to hand over.

“He unleashed horror in that country until nemesis caught up with him. I believe we may be seeing a repeat of that,what I call,’Gbagbo Saga’,” Obasanjo said.

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  • tony says:

    In a sane societ baba shld be behind bars for his day light robbery in d power sector. All these brohaha is all abt the expiratn of oil licenses. David is on d throne nd cant be removed

  • Dipo says:

    I wonder how people still take Obasanjo serious. Ask Wole Soyinka he will tell you who Obasanjo is. Is it not the same man that Gbenga,his son,accused of sleeping with his wife? Obasanjo can have a say in this country because of the society we are in. Obasanjo, Nigeria belongs to everybody not you alone. Go and fix your home before fixing Nigeria

  • chi dan says:

    na wrong messenger, if i waka pass people go think say na correct messenger, we know why some people listen to him, if you were to be in a meritous society such people can never be good or bad messengers.
    o boy start realizing that now and know the kind of person that can be a messenger

  • Rotimi says:

    Sorry…people listen to him. Stop attacking the messenger, address the message. If you can’t stand obj and his comments, just waka pass.

  • chi dan says:

    I wonder at times if anybody was to be doing what this man is doing now what would be his reaction. Honestly, I see a stupid old man who has forgotten how he looked just after he left abacha’s prison, and also, how autocratic he was when he was president. He thinks he is god and people shold listen to him but well he is just a tout to me, idiotic man

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