Tuesday, 7 April 2015


Elder statesman and deputy leader of Northern Elders Forum, NEF, Wartaregh Paul Unongo, has stated that President Goodluck Jonathan was the architect of his own defeat at the last presidential election.

The one time Minister of Power and
Steel in the Second Republic, who spoke yesterday to reporters at his Makurdi residence, maintained that the defeat of President Jonathan was a product of the enormous blunders and slip ups the president committed in office.

The elder statesman said Nigerians were taken for granted by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and ended up paying the price for their overbearing confidence.

Unongo said: “This I told the president when I honoured his invitation three days to the presidential election. I had gone there with one of my sons, former military administrator of Katsina State and one time senator, Joseph Akaagerger.

“During our conversation I told him
about the numerous mistakes he had
made which would cost him his re-
election. As we spoke, I saw a different president because from the manner he spoke with me, he is someone who believes in the Nigeria project.

“I saw a human face in him. This was
different from the kind of picture that
the people surrounding him presented to Nigerians, which sort of pictured him as an abusive and insensitive president.

“I told him that those presenting him
before Nigerians had done great
damage to his image and I strongly
advised him to take bold steps to
redeem his image (though I did not
mention conceding defeat) and I can
say that Jonathan took my advice.”
The elder statesman, however,
submitted that with the emergence of
General Muhammadu Buhari, there was hope for the nation

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