Former President Goodluck Jonathan has criticised some of the claims in the book ‘Against The Run Of Play’ which was written by the Chairman of Thisday’s Editorial Board, and a former spokesman for the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Mr. Segun Adeniyi.
According to Jonathan, the book as presented contains distorted claims on the 2015 presidential election by many of the respondents.
He said that at the right time, the main characters in the elections, including himself, would come out with a true account of what transpired either in major interviews or books.
In a series of tweets, the former president said “I have just read Segun Adeniyi’s new book, ‘Against the Run of Play’ which has so far enjoyed tremendous reviews in the media.
“My take on it is that the book as presented contains many distorted claims on the 2015 Presidential election by many of the respondents.
“There will obviously be more books like that on this subject by concerned Nigerians. However, I believe that at the right time, the main characters in the elections including myself will come out with a true account of what transpired either in major interviews or books”
One of the claims in the book was that former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, connived with former United States President Barack Obama, among other world leaders, to push Jonathan out of office.
But the British Government denied the allegation that it conspired with others to ensure Jonathan’s defeat, in the 2015 general election.
A statement issued by the Press and Public Affairs Officer of the British High Commission in Nigeria, Mr. Joe Abuku, said that President Muhammadu Buhari won the election with the backing of majority of Nigerians.
Britain insisted that the only role it played in the election was the engagement with Nigerians and their leaders prior to the elections to make it non-violent, free and fair.
The author had revealed that the idea for the book germinated when he decided to research into why it is difficult for incumbent presidents to lose elections in Africa. He had also stated that events that culminated in the defeat of President Jonathan, made it clear to him that while a credible opposition platform that the All Progressives Congress (APC) represented helped, it was not the main reason why the election went the way it did. So, he decided to interrogate the factors that led to that unprecedented electoral outcome in the country.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan says he will give a personal account of what happened in the 2015 presidential election soon, as the accounts of what transpired in the election by some respondents in the book were false.