Former president Goodluck Jonathan has spoken for the first time, on why his administration failed to implement the recommendations of the 2014 national conference, before he left office in 2015.
According to Jonathan, those accusing him of failing to actualize the report of the conference are either ignorant of the political situation in 2015 or are politicizing the issue.
Jonathan spoke in Abuja at the public presentation of the book titled “the national question”, authored by James Akpandem James and Sam Akpe.
He blamed the inability of his administration to actualize the report largely on the then speaker of the house of representative, Aminu Tambuwal, who defected with a large number of PDP members in the house by the time the report was released
The former president also said the report was released close to the 2015 polls, leaving little time for the legislative process.
Jonathan explained that because of the mass defection spearheaded by Tambuwal, his administration could not forward the draft bill on the conference’s report to the opposition dominated national assembly for consideration
Jonathan adds that his hope of implementing the report if he had won the 2015 presidential poll was dashed with his defeat in the poll.