I did not join you to oppose Jonathan in 2015 – Jang replies Babangida Aliyu

April 18, 2021
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The immediate past governor of Plateau State, Jonah David Jang, has said it is not true that northern governors opposed Jonathan in 2015.

He was reacting to a statement made by Babangida Aliyu, the former of Niger state who said northern governors opposed Jonathan in 2015 because he had promised not to seek reelection.

Media consultant to Jang, Mr. Clinton Garuba, said in a statement in Jos, the Plateau State capital, that Jang was “not part of that meeting.”

Garuba said: “For the avoidance of doubt, despite the perceived shortcomings of President Goodluck Jonathan, Senator Jonah believed that president Jonathan was better equipped to rule Nigeria at the time, especially when his opponent was General Buhari who Jang did not hide his conviction concerning Buhari’s inabilities to resolve the nation’s challenges and sensitivities of the issues at the moment.”

He stressed that “Unfortunately, Buhari won and we are all witnesses to the tales of woe”.

“We view the statement of Dr. Aliyu as an attempt to drag the hard earned reputation of Jang into disrepute, having served Nigeria as a military officer, later as a civilian governor and senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and discharged his responsibilities without blemish”.

“Senator Jang is not one who speaks from both sides of his mouth. Rather, he speaks and supports only what he believes. Little wonder that Plateau State was won by President Jonathan in the 2015 general elections, largely due to the hard work of the then governor”.

“For emphasis sake, there was no basis for Dr. Jang not to have supported Dr. Jonathan, especially when the contest was against General Buhari.”

Babangida Aliyu has said that the north stood at a disadvantaged end because of the death of Yar’Adua. He said Jonathan insistence of contesting for the presidency was against the agreement he had with governors in the north.

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