- Umar Ardo says the sack of Justice Salami ended the secret alliance between Jonathan’s PDP and Tinubu’s ACN
- Umar notes that Salami’s removal was a serious affront to ACN which then merged with Buhari’s CPC
- According to the PDP chieftain, the merger between the ACN and CPC created a very strong union which eventually ousted the former president
Dr. Umar Ardo, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, has stated that the moment former president Goodluck Jonathan removed Justice Salami as president of the Appeal Court, he lost the 2015 election.
The former special assistant to ex-vice president Atiku Abubakar said that singular action paved the way for the merger between Bola Tinubu’s ACN and Buhari’s CPC.
In an interview with Daily Sun, Ardo claimed that a secret alliance between Jonathan’s PDP and Tinubu’s ACN was ended when the judge was sacked.
He stated: “Jonathan lost the election from that Sunday he removed Justice Salami as president of Court of Appeal.
“Because that act effectively ended the secret alliance between Jonathan’s PDP and Tinubu’s ACN.
“More importantly, it handed over Tinubu’s ACN to Buhari’s CPC for the APC merger.
“The reason is, of the then six ACN controlled states, only Lagos was by INEC’s pronouncement; the rest was by tribunals’ pronouncements headed by Justice Salami as President, Court of Appeal.
“So Salami’s brazen removal obviously was a serious affront to the ACN.
“The causal causation is this - without CPC going to tribunal, Salami wouldn’t have been removed; without Salami’s removal, ACN would not have been thrown in the arms of Buhari, without which there would be no merger, and without which incumbent wouldn’t have been defeated.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that former president of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan admitted that the country’s problems are too great for one man to handle.
The former president made his comments through Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, ex-secretary to the federal government who spoke at the 5th Memorial Lecture of late Professor Celestine O. E. Onwuliri, on Friday, June 16.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video about Nigerians assessing the Jonathan presidency.