Former Senate President, Senator Adolphus Wabara, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would not have lost the 2015 presidential election to the All Progressives Congress, APC, if former President Goodluck Jonathan had heeded his advice not to contest.
Wabara, who is the Secretary of the Board of Trustees, BOT, of the PDP told Vanguard that he visited the former President in 2011 and advised him not to run in the Presidential election.
Wabara said he warned Jonathan about the impending loss of power by the PDP if he contested the 2015 presidential poll, but the Bayelsa-born politician ignored his advice.
He said Jonathan’s Chief of Staff, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe denied him further access to the President because of his advice.
“If President Goodluck Jonathan had listened to me, PDP would not have lost power in 2015,” Wabara said.
“I visited President Jonathan in 2011 and pleaded with him not to contest the 2015 presidential election.
“If he had heeded my advice, we would not be suffering today. We lost because of Jonathan’s misunderstanding of politics.
“I advised him not to contest, you are not a Northerner.2015 belongs to the North, you can’t complete their tenure. But you can complete the tenure of your late boss, that’s constitutional.
“He ignored my advice and his then Chief of Staff, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe denied me further access to the President.”
The former Senate President added that zoning was a policy of the PDP, stressing that the party’s failure to insist on zoning in 2015 caused its defeat.
Wabara represented Abia South in the Senate from 1999 to 2007.