Former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adamu Mu’azu and Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah actually persuaded former President Goodluck Jonathan to concede defeat to Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, contrary to the narratives contained in Jonathan’s new book.
Senator Na’Allah (APC, Kebbi) told Daily Trust yesterday that story of events which led to the conceding of defeat to Buhari “were inaccurately stated” by Jonathan in his new book, My Transition Hours, presented in Abuja on November 20.
He said he was in Kebbi working for his election to the Senate when Mu’azu called him.
“Mu’azu called me saying from the intelligence report we got, we have lost this election. So, I want you to come to Abuja and persuade Jonathan to concede defeat for the sake of peace,” Na’Allah said.
He said he arrived Abuja that fateful day and went to Mu’azu’s house where he met Buhari Bala, former treasurer of PDP, Inuwa Baba, and Ambassador Sani Saulawa.
He said the former PDP chairman drove them to the Presidential Villa. “At the Villa, we met former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, Jonathan’s special assistant on domestic matters, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, and his ADC Colonel Ojogbane Adegbe.
“At the Villa, Adamu Mu’azu asked ‘where is the president,’ and Chidoka answered that he was having a meeting with the Attorney General Muhammed Adoke. While we were standing there for about 15 minutes, Adamu Mu’azu ordered that he should be served tea. As the tea man was coming, Adoke alighted from a room holding a file and came straight to Adamu Mu’azu and said ‘we will not allow this to happen.’ We exchanged pleasantries and he hurriedly left.
“Then, President Jonathan invited us (Mu’azu and Na’Allah) into a room. When we got into the room, we barely settled when Jonathan looked at Mu’azu and said ‘Mr Chairman, the numbers coming out so far do not appear to be encouraging.’ It was at that stage that I cut in and said, yes, Mr President, we only have Oyo waiting. And even if the entire Oyo gives PDP the entire votes, the elections have already been lost.
“The next thing is how to handle the remaining parts of the transition; and I am of the opinion that God has given you the golden opportunity to write your name in gold. And then, Jonathan pointed to about five boxes in that room, and said ‘these are my things and I have started packing.’”
Na’Allah said Jonathan then gave them a long story of how he became a deputy governor in Bayelsa, then vice president, and later president and how he was serving his second term. And said he will never be part of anything that will bring problems into Nigeria.
The senator said it was at the end of that meeting that Jonathan told them that “if my fault is that I have not jailed people, let Buhari come and jail whoever he wants to jail.”
He said as they were leaving the room, “Ahmadu Ali came in looking disturbed; and got into the same room we met Jonathan. We then left. About three hours later, we were sitting down with Mu’azu, Ambassador Saulawa, and Inuwa Baba, when the breaking news came that Jonathan had put a call to Buhari as president-elect. And we all jubilated and left,” he said.
The senator said for Jonathan to completely leave that aspect from his book, “to me, is like he inaccurately told the story of what happened on that day. And, I think, it is not fair that this fundamental aspect be left aside. It is not for Bala Na’Allah but for history and Nigeria,” he added.