2015 Presidential Polls: Jonathan Fell For The Deception Of “Liars And Manipulators”, Says Bode George
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has disclosed that some people took advantage of the “good nature” of former President Goodluck Jonathan, to deceive him on the extent of their political clout in the last general elections.
The PDP chieftain, who did not disclose the identity of these persons, described them as “liars and manipulators”.
Mr. George made this known in an interview with Daily Sun published on Saturday.
He also claimed that the PDP could have won the 2015 governorship election in Lagos State but for the deceptive antics of those who misled the former president into believing that they could single-handedly deliver the state to PDP.
“During this last election, PDP almost won. What happened was that former President Goodluck Jonathan and our leaders in Abuja were misled by some people in Lagos who gave them the impression that they were the ones who can deliver Lagos. Unfortunately, Jonathan fell for their deception”, he stated.
Mr. George recalled an instance when “one joker” informed the former president that he has Lagos State under his armpit and that he would single-handedly deliver the state to PDP.
“Unfortunately, Jonathan listened to these liars and manipulators. These elements took advantage of Jonathan’s good nature. He trusted them, but these congenital liars betrayed Jonathan. If our party leaders had listened to us, things would not have turned out that way. These people deceived Jonathan and messed up, hoping they wanted to go back into government as ministers. Their action led to Jimmy Agbaje’s defeat”, he added.
The PDP chieftain, who recently clocked 70, however, said that all hope is not lost yet for the party, even as he expressed optimism that PDP will bounce back in 2019, and Lagos State will be one of the states to be captured from the control of All Progressives Congress, APC.
“I’m sure former President Goodluck Jonathan will someday in his memoir write about his experience with those liars, the roles they played in his campaign for re-election during the 2015 presidential election. Many liars took advantage of Jonathan’s good nature”, Olabode George maintained.