Conceding In 2015 Was My Personal Decision – Jonathan Reveals
SAN FRANCISCO, December 17, (THEWILL) – Former President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed that conceding the 2015 election to President Muhammadu Buhari was his personal decision.
Jonathan made this known at the convocation and 10th anniversary of Bingham University, Nasarawa state, dispelling insinuations that he was forced to accept the outcome which did not favour him.
Jonathan said he decided to let go of power out of his strong belief that his political ambition was not worth the blood of any Nigerian saying it was not a political slogan.
“The single act I displayed has already begun having effects on global politics as world leaders now willingly concede defeat to their opponents when they lose elections,” he said.
“Let me make it very clear, nobody within or outside the country persuaded me to do that. I know it is the right thing to do. My ambition is not worth the blood of Nigerians. It was not just a political slogan.
“It is my belief that no one's political ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian and I am fulfilled knowing that conceding defeat, while the votes were still being compiled, was borne out of my personal principle and conviction generating positive impact on other nations.
“I have seen politicians, whose children study and live abroad, mobilise children of others as thugs during elections. They don't care whether they die or not. This is against human dignity. We should fulfil our vows as a nation of great people who love and respect one another.”
THEWILL recalls that Jonathan conceded the elections and congratulated President Buhari while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was still collating results of the election thereby calming the already tensed atmosphere in the nation.
Story by Oputah David