“Oh my God! That is unbelievable. The spectators never expected that. What a wicked performance by the away side!!”
The above would have been a commentary statement if Nigeria’s 2015 presidential election was to be a football match. International political analysts strongly believe it is impossible to defeat an incumbent office holder in Africa, especially the president. Their reason? African leaders have a special DNA that makes them clutch to power like it is the last available bus to immortality.
Below are the top5 mysteries behind the former president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, loss of his throne to the man from Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari.
1. Constitutional Disadvantages
Just like a family curse, It wasn’t intentional. Jonathan from day one after the death of Musa Yar’Adua whom he was his vice president, has been facing constitution interpretation challenges.
There was a heated debate in the PDP circle, because base on an undocumented agreement of power zoning, a northerner is expected to complete Yar’ Adua’s tenure to ensure the north successful completion of their term in office.
Also, another constitution interpretation against him in 2015 is that “nobody can be sworn into office more than twice” and Jonathan having been sworn-in in 2010 after the death of Yar’Adua and also in 2011 when he won the election, he was not expected to contest in 2015 election according to PDP’s constitution.
2. Wife Issues
It might surprise you to hear that the former first lady was one of the causes of her husband’s downfall. You might be asking the same question as every other person, HOW?
Madam Dame created many enemies than his husband could handle. One of them was Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal who she reportedly referred to as “Hausa Boy” in a phone call she made to him, as written by a veteran journalist,Olusegun Adeniyi.
3. Trust Issues
Why does this heading sound so similar to Drakes music TRUST ISSUES? , IS THERE ANY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THEM? .Time for the big reveal
Many PDP stakeholders who defected to other parties, APC especially, said that the reason why they left is that Jonathan does not trust anyone. His rift made strong stakeholders to leave the party such as former Bayelsa State Governor, Timipre Sylva, who became a strong opposing force to his re-election.
4. Unexpected Merge
Did you just say that was obvious? Bring your head for a knock. Although this is the mighty blow that sent Jonathan back to Otueke, nobody ever saw the coalition between CPC and ACN happening in 2015 ― not after the failure of the first attempt in 2011.
This coalition unmistakably converges the power of small parties to match against the giant party, PDP. The merger could be said to be chiefly engineered by a former governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu (a.k.a Jagaban) after Jonathan administration came down on him. Tinubu enrolled Jonathan in his enemy list afterward.
5. Failure Of Orubebe’s Plot
The reason why ‘the boy who has no shoes was defeated‘, the shout of complaint by the former Niger Delta Minister, Elder Godsday Orubebe, was part of a master plan to disrupt the election when it was discovered that Jonathan was losing ground. Kidnapping of then INEC chairman, Prof. Otairu Jega, was also part of the master plan. If it had been successful, Jonathan might still be in office.