Former President, Goodluck Jonathan has revealed that he wanted Nigeria to continue to sustain the peaceful democracy that have binded the people behind his acceptance of defeat in the 2015 Presidential election results.
Jonathan made this disclosure during the the 6th edition of
Interactive Forum, AAIF, and
dinner, organised by African
Third Sector Resource, ATSR,
in Abuja, stated that the nation’s democracy is more important than challenging election results.
“I conceded defeat without a fight because I wanted to set a standard for our democracy, going forward.
“My aim then was to change
the narrative and prove that
election related litigations
should no longer define Nigeria’s democracy. People must not always go to court and obtain judgments before elections in Nigeria are declared complete.
“We don’t get to hear about
such court cases in mature
democracies. I wanted us to
get to that point in our
democratic experience. I thought that it won’t be out of place if we got to that stage where those who lost elections will be able to
congratulate those who won.”
“Above all, what that decision did for me and the nation was to avert a looming crisis. Given the tension in the land at that time, I was deeply contemplative of
what would have happened if we had let our nation, the biggest black nation on earth, slide into anarchy, because of contestations for power. What then would have happened to our citizens, Nigeria’s economy and the investments driving its growth?
“I was convinced that the implication for peace and the economy of the sub-region
and the rest of the continent, couldn’t have spelled anything else but doom.