Nigeria's immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan has declared that, he wasn’t persuaded to concede defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari after the 2015 presidential poll that saw him ousted.
Ex President Jonathan Finally Reveals Why He Conceded Defeat In 2015
Jonathan made the declaration Saturday during the 4th, 8th and 2nd combined convocation and 10th anniversary of Bingham University, Nasarawa State, maintaining that he willingly handed over power because he did not want bloodshed on account of his political ambition, Punch writes.
“The single act (of conceding defeat) I displayed has already begun having effects on global politics as world leaders now willingly concede defeat to their opponents when they lose elections,” said Jonathan, who alongside ex-military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), was honoured with a Doctor of Letters by the university
“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.”
Jonathan implored Nigerians to be united in the face of the present challenges, adding that the 2014 National Conference was convened to unite the country and make it one indivisible entity.
“One of the reasons why I convened the 2014 National Conference was to come up with a polity devoid of tensions and crisis, a polity that will bring unity to this country, one that will not divide us along tribal, ethnic, and religious line,” he continued.
“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 fulfill our vows as a nation of great people who love and respect one another.”
In his speech earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Kursim Leonard-Fwa, said the institution recorded 19 first class, 486 second class upper, 856 second class lower, 213 third class degree students.