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Five reasons why Jonathan lost

Posted: Apr 1, 2015 at 9:55 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
•President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, acknowledging cheers from his supporters in Abuja, on Tuesday.

•President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, acknowledging cheers from his supporters in Abuja, on Tuesday.

At the close of the 2015 Presidential Election yesterday, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan made history by becoming the first incumbent to be defeated by a challenger. As the opposition candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, has been declared winner, and is now President-Elect, here a five reasons to why President Jonathan lost this historic election.


1. The Economy, Stupid!:

At a time when the economy is said to be growing, it is generally agreed that the nation’s wealth is concentrated in a few hands.  The final straw was the combination of falling oil prices and rising foreign exchange rate, coupled with a growing number of Nigerians striving to afford the basic things of life. The perception, real or imagined, that President Jonathan is unwilling or unable to fight the scourge of corruption further aggravated his situation in the eyes of the electorate.


2. Anarchy Looming Large: 

A widespread culture of impunity, a near absence of law and order, the threat of insurgency as represented by the rampage of Boko Haram in the north east of the country, which has taken not fewer than 20, 000 lives and made even a greater number helpless, portrayed President Jonathan as weak and indecisive. The belated last-minute strike back in the past six weeks did little to redeem this image. The inability to rescue the Chibok girls who have been in captivity for close to one year remains a festering sore point.


3. PDP, A House Divided:   

Disaffection among influential party chieftains within the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) severely weakened the ranks of the ruling party. Five Governors,Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) Rabiu Kwakwanso (Kano) Murtala Nyako (Adamawa); and Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) and Tanko Al Makura (Nasarawa) dumped the PDP for the APC, citing several issues of mistrust and betrayal. The  defections affected the fortunes of  PDP in the states where the governors defected.

The unkindest cut comes from his erstwhile godfather, estranged PDP member, and a former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo



4.  A Formidable Opposition:

A united and formidable opposition through the coalition that led to  the formation of the All Progressive Congress (APC) meant that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had an equal match in the polls. The APC provided a winning formula for President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari, and, with results still trickling in, forced a congratulatory phone call from the loser, President Jonathan.

5. The Almighty Card Reader:

The introduction of the Permanent Voter’s Card and the Biometric Card Reader for the 2015 General Elections has proven to be a game changer.  In spite of the malfunctioning of the Card Reader in a number of places, its use greatly minimised the incidences of rigging, which was also manifested in the wide gap between the number of registered voters and that of accredited voters.