BOMBSHELL: “Pres. Jonathan Can’t Win In 2015″ – Dokubo Asari


Dec. 2, 2013

NewsRescue Update- 1am Dec. 3, 2013: The statement below is the authentic words of Mujahid Dokubo-Asari in December of 2012. Recovered by OsunDefenders in light of the current political climate. A prior publication of the exact comment can be seen on ThisDay website.

One of the biggest supporters and kinsman of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, has declared that the president has lost the support of his political base, the South-south and the South-East owing to the failure of his government to deliver on its promises.

Dokubo-Asari, at a press conference in Abuja on Friday, said that it would be tough for Jonathan to win the presidential election in 2015 if he decides to run based on the poor showing of his administration.

He said that his decision to speak out was for him and others who are ardent supporters of Jonathan not to be blamed for his failure in 2015.

He said: “I want to start with an Ijaw proverb, which says: the eyes watched its seven children to death. Instead of advising them, it was just looking at them until they died, while the mouth talked its only child to life and success.

“We have continued as Ijaw people and the entire Niger Delta and South-South to support the presidency of President Goodluck Jonathan, but a time has come when silence cannot be golden.

“We mainly speak out in issues that are very critical to the survival of our people, the survival of the people of the South-South and the South-East, which happens to be the political base of Goodluck Jonathan.

“Jonathan is surrounded by very greedy people who are only in the Presidency to enrich themselves at the expense of Goodluck himself.

“This brings us to another Kalabari proverb, which says: where there are elders, a goat cannot be allowed to deliver tied to a stick.

“If we don’t talk and we continue to brush it aside, tomorrow we will be blamed and people will say: Mujahid Dokubo-Asari was around when Goodlcuk Jonathan was president and he didn’t talk.

“Them I will be an accomplice and accessory after the fact….

“It is alarming because the South-South must have its uninterrupted eight years tenure, which is constitutional.

“But with how things are going under Jonathan’s watch, we are afraid that we may not be able to have our eight years tenure because there will be no magic about it if it is going to be one man one vote.”

Dokubo-Asari said he will continue to speak out despite the fact that he had benefitted from Jonathan, adding that one of those causing trouble for the President remains the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godsday Orubebe.

He said: “I have benefited immensely from Goodluck Jonathan with my stake but benefit alone is not enough to make me to keep quiet when the period is very challenging for our people.

“So, some of us are tempted to ask this question: why are all these things happening?

“Why has the President allow some ministers like Godsday Orubebe to continue in government?

“Everyday people die on the East-West Road.

“If Orubebe is incompetent as he has shown himself to be, he should be removed.

“Nobody voted for Orubebe.

“And why is Orubebe so important to the President that he can’t remove him even in the face of his obvious incompetence and several allegation to corruption?

“We feel very ashamed and embarrassed.

“Orubebe was one of us.

“He was attending meetings with us, sleeping in the ground with us, entering night bus with us and we nominated him to be appointed a minister.

“We have gone to him and complained to him that we don’t like they way things are going in his ministry and told him that if the President leaves in 2015 without the completion of the East-West Road, we are finished.

“And the man keeps telling us there is no money.

“When IBB (former military President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida) was there, there was money.

“When Abacha was there, there was money.

“When others were there, there was money.

“How come the money disappeared when Jonathan got there?

“Jonathan and orubebe will account for the death in the East-West Road.”

On the face-off between Jonathan and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Dokubo-Asari said there was no need for it.

He said that no matter what Jonathan feels, he still remains a beneficiary of Obasanjo’s large heartedness.

He said: “First, there was no need for Goodluck Jonathan to disagree with Olusegun Obasanjo.

“I don’t like Obasanjo.

“I don’t like his face.

“I hate him.

“But he was instrumental in bringing Goodluck Jonathan to power.

“And the greedy people around Jonathan have not managed him enough to the extent that the President and people around him will allow Jonathan to disagree with Obasanjo openly.

“And if you check, all the people who supported Goodluck Jonathan and fought to bring him to power, have openly disagreed with him.

“What was the cause of these disagreements?

“These are the questions we want to put to the president.

“Some people say Obasanjo is manipulating Goodluck Jonathan, that is why Jonathan is disagreeing with him and we ask: what has Goodluck Jonathan’s government achieved to show that it is a departure from other governments that have existed since 1956?

“For us, nothing has changed.

“It is still business as usual.

“So what are the advice that Obasanjo gave to Jonathan that were so difficult for him to fulfill, that made him decide to fall out with Obasanjo?

“Obasanjo was instrumental and manipulated the process that illegally removed Diepreye Alamieyeseigha as governor of Bayelsa State and installed Jonathan as governor, made him vice president, fought for him to become acting president and also fought for him to become president of Nigeria.

“Apart from Obasanjo, there are so many people who supported Goodluck Jonathan, some have been pushed out by those who were not there to give him any support, while some others are trapped and they cannot talk.

I have a feeling that Fulani man Buhari would have done more for Niger-delta than Jonathan has done so far Jonathan has done nothing for Niger Delta actually. It is getting more and more difficult to support him, the second niger bridge is another issue. Even his allies are denouncing him. What a shame!

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    Chidi Ohazurike 2 December, 2013 at 21:29 Reply

    If truly Alh. Asari Dokubo voiced these statements, I duff my hat for him!, I want to begin to respect him more than ever before for speaking the fact of the matter, as it affects the political life of this present government and the Niger Delta region. We must not fail to tell ourselves the truth when it stares before us and only a true, courageous & wise leader would see these comments as constructive criticism and change the tactics of the game of politics, turn it around for a positive change. Dokubo should be seen as a true friend who wishes the best for this government, it is not a let down or disrespect for the present political government but rather it should be seen as a wake-up call to achieve all the political promises made to the Nigerian populace not matter the obstacles or challenges the Nation might be facing! I pray my President would take it as a challenge and prove the critics wrong to achieve most of the political promises made before being sworn into power! Long Live my President! Long Live Nigeria!!!

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    Duura Leesi 3 December, 2013 at 00:13 Reply

    On my part too, i have been thinking about Dr. Goodluck Jonathan's administration and his general acceptance by the people at this point in time and i discovered that the President, presently is seen to be weak and unable to attend to the numerous issues confronting us as a nation. i have also found out that, the clamoring for his presidency was merely for the satisfaction of the sentimental feelings that aroused due to the fact that he is from a minority tribe and not mainly because he had in concrete terms something to offer. He becoming the president was more like a trial and unfortunately he has been unable to prove his capability (beyond reasonable doubt) in handling the affairs of the nation. On a very serious note, if you ask me if President Goodluck Jonathan can deliver in 2015, my answer will be no. No because, the people have lost that affection for him and even before the completion of his first tenure, the people are already tired of his pattern of governance. Right now, Nigerians want to see something new and the President is not being creative enough to surprise us. From my perception as it stands, i am thinking that the President should not offer himself for the 2015 presidential contest, for he might not be the winner. It will be honorable if he choose not to go for second term. This will put the people of south-south on a brighter path and it's more like investing in the future, making him even more politically relevant.

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    Obekpa Friday 3 December, 2013 at 09:09 Reply

    Who are you deceiving? you and Mr. President should continue your secret deals. It will be open one day. Is the president not instrumental in your release last week? So why the sudden discovery of his weakness? Instead of you to tell Nigerians and those of us that are watching from far the truth of what happen, you are busy saying what we don't need. Now, what happen, why were you arrested?

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    James Adati 3 December, 2013 at 12:13 Reply

    There's surely no way that this man will win 2015 election. This days, his main concern is the 2015 election and not the people. I really want to know something, is Oduah above sacking that she still has the gutts to inspect projects? or has the file on your table got missing?
    The governor that you soooo much imposed on us is among those giving you very serious headache (Nyako Murtala). Are you sure that the initial MOTTO of PDP IS NOT; PARTY BEFORE THE PEOPLES INTEREST? CORRUPT PRESIDENT GEJ.

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