Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was applauded by the world for accepting loss at the 2015 presidential elections, but it may have been to avoid ruling Nigeria during an economic recession.
Babatunde Fashola thinks so in a report published recently.
Fashola reportedly mentioned this at a meeting “organised by the Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed”. The Premium Times confirms this in the report.
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At the Emeritus Professor Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall in Ibadan, the minister blames the Jonathan administration for the debts inherited by his team.
”What was left behind were massive debts owed to contractors who had not been paid for three to five years and who had laid off thousands of workers and shut down equipment and plants.
”That was one of the reasons why the economy first went into, and, I suspect, one of the reasons they (Goodluck administration) quickly conceded defeat,” says Fashola.
President Muhammadu Buhari who is also facing the danger of being sacked from office at next year’s poll has commended his predecessor for his display of sportsmanship which is widely believed to have delivered Nigeria from potential violence.
Before the election result announcing Buhari as the president was made public by INEC, Jonathan reportedly called the incumbent over the phone to congratulate him on his victory.
For now, it is a tight contest between Buhari and the PDP’s candidate Atiku Abubakar who has criticized the other for lacking a cutting edge in leadership.