Pan-Niger Delta civil society groups, has come out to insist that Northern conspiracy led to the defeat of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 election.
They claimed that it was not corruption and mis-governance as believed in some quarters.
The groups, Niger Delta Security Watch Organisation of Nigeria, Ijaw People’s Development Initiative and Foundation for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade, said this in a statement by their leaders, Dickson Bekederemo, Austin Ozobo and Alaowei Cleric, in Warri, Delta State.
According to them, “He [Jonathan] failed because some persons think it is their birthright and nobody apart from them is qualified to rule Nigeria.
“Even if Jonathan had won, there would still be civil war because the conspiracy was to prevent a minority from further steering the ship of the nation.”
The groups berated the former president of Ijaw Youth Congress, IYC, Udengs Eradiri and his successor, Eric Omare, for allegedly saying that Jonathan encouraged corrupt practices in his government, describing it as reckless and needless.