Reuben Abati, former spokesperson for ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has revealed that some members of the Jonathan government decamped to Muhammadu Buhari’s side immediately after the 2015 election.
Naija News reports that Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost the 2015 presidential election to Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Jonathan polled 12,853,162 votes and won 15 states plus the Federal Capital Territory while Buhari scored 15,424,921 votes and swept 21 states.
Speaking with Chude Jideonwo on #WithChude, a television programme, Reuben Abati said power slipped from Jonathan before he handed over power to Buhari.
He said, “The first thing I noticed after that phone call that the President had conceded, is that people stopped coming to the villa to see the former President. The villa became a ghost town. The traffic to that villa just disappeared.
“We were seeing pictures of people already going to the other side, to the President-Elect, including members of the Jonathan government. They had changed camp, and the speed with which it was done was amazing.
“Around the villa, some of the people started taking excuse that they wanted to go to their village, or London for a checkup. These were people who would ordinarily not move an inch, who wanted to be in the presence of the President all the time.
“That taught me a lesson, that you’re only as relevant as the position you occupy.”
Source: Naija News