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    How Obama campaigned against my re-election in 2015 – Jonathan

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    Jonathan launched his new book ‘My Transition Hours’ on Tuesday, November 20 – The ex-Nigerian leader claims in his book that former US president Obama meddled in the 2015 election that ousted him – Jonathan described the alleged actions of Obama as humiliating to him as a leader at the time Former president Goodluck Jonathan has again accused ex-United States president Barack Obama of interfering in the 2015 election.

    Naija247news reports that Jonathan made the fresh accusation in his new book ‘My Transition Hours’ which was launched on Tuesday, November 20.

    According to the report, in excerpts of the book, Jonathan claimed Obama sent his secretary of state John Kerry, and made a video broadcast to Nigerians in ways designed to influence the outcome of the election against him.

    An action, Jonathan described as “humiliating”.

    He wrote: “I can recall that President Obama sent his Secretary of State to Nigeria, a sovereign nation, to protest the rescheduling of the election. John Kerry arrived in Nigeria on Sunday January 25, 2015 and said ‘it’s imperative that these elections happen on time as scheduled’.

    “How can the US Secretary of State know what is more important for Nigeria than Nigeria’s own government?

    How could they have expected us to conduct elections when Boko Haram controlled part of the North East and were killing and maiming Nigerians? Not even the assurance of the sanctity of the May 29, 2015 handover date could calm them down.

    In Nigeria, the constitution is very clear. No President can extend his tenure by one day.

    He continued: “On March 23, 2015, President Obama himself took the unusual step of releasing a video message directly to Nigerians all but telling them how to vote.

    In that video, Obama urged Nigerians to open the ‘next chapter’ by their votes. Those who understood subliminal language deciphered that he was prodding the electorate to vote for the opposition to form a new government.

    The message was so condescending, it was as if Nigerians did not know what to do and needed an Obama to direct them.

    “In his message, he said ‘all Nigerians must be able to cast their votes without intimidation or fear,’ yet his government was vehemently and publicly against the postponement of the elections to enable our military defeat Boko Haram and prevent them from intimidating voters. This was the height of hypocrisy!”

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