Former President Goodluck Jonathan today marked his 61st birthday with the public presentation of his memoir, My Transition Hours, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.
The book chronicles all the intrigues before his exit from office in May 2015.
Dignitaries at the book presentation were former president Olusegun Obasanjo, former Vice President and PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, Abdusalami Abubakar, Yakubu Gowon, APC National Chairman Adams Oshimole, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara, from outside Nigeria are
former President of Ghana, John Mahama, President of Togo and President of AFDB, Akinwumi Adesina. Also in attendance are some governors elected under PDP.
President Muhammadu Buhari was represented at the event by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
The celebrant arrived the venue of the event in style at 11.45am with his wife, Patience.
His arrival was greeted with a loud ovation from those at the entrance of the venue.
The Security operatives had a hectic time keeping the crowd away from him.
Inside the book, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan claimed that some former Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who defected to the then opposition All Progressive Congress (APC), because they were “blinded by ambition” and a barrage of “fake news”, cost him his bid to be re-elected for a second term in office.
He also blamed northern leaders who wanted power returned to their region for sabotaging his reelection bid.
“This time around, there were governors who were rounding off their eight years tenure and were blinded by ambition.
“Some governors wanted to be Vice President whilst others strived to be the President. If I contested none could realise his ambition. This muffled implosion would fully manifest in the buildup to the 2015, which each ship-jumper calculating how much he or she would take from the PDP or the most opportune moment to cause maximum damage and based on that, plot their exit.
“As they jumped ship in preparation for the 2015 elections, only very few of this lots, if any at all, bothered about what the PDP did or did not do in terms of delivering our campaign promises. Their opposition to my re-election was principally driven by personal ambition. They therefore played up the issue of where I come from and the faith, I professed to fuel their burning ambition. My performance mattered quite little, if it mattered at all,” Jonathan wrote.