Olorogun John Oguma, JP, is a chieftain of the PDP. He shared his
perspective of the 2015 elections:
What is your reaction to the outcome of the 2015 general election?
We in PDP abandoned ‘we’ and we were discussing ‘I’ and that is what
has brought us now to this level. It is a bitter lesson that we must have to
learn from and we are going to start again from the scratch.
We were busy fighting ourselves, APC was busy rigging the election two
years back. This election was actually rigged two years back because we
were busy fighting ourselves; this governor is not good, that governor is
bad; so it is a bitter lesson to our leaders.
Secondly, as far as I am concerned, the card reader was a bigger issue
than the voting point…
In the electoral act, the card reader is not there, but he (Prof. Jega) forced
Nigerians to accept it because he knew what he planned.
You said APC actually concluded this election about two years ago.
Can you substantiate this?
The taste of the pudding is in its eating. You cannot tell me that if this
arrangement were not in place about two years back, why did Jega refuse
to use card reader even for one state? If it were not a script he followed;
he should have tested the card reader in the Ekiti or Osun governorship
elections before going out to use it in 36 states and the FCT.
Do you see the APC really effecting the change they have been
proposing given that most of their key men are from PDP?
Like I keep telling people, change is not a manifesto. APC has no
manifesto; they only just wiped up sentiments, because PDP had been in
government for 16 years and then we played into their hands. You know
the rich man has more enemies in society than the poor man; that is why
they succeeded in whipping up sentiments. They don’t have a manifesto;
they only just said they want change.