Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar on the Past Nigeria's Presidential Election


General Abdulsalami Abubakar has shown commendable statemanship in his conduct seeing leaving office in 1999 but not before he had successfully midwifed the transition from military to democratic rule which gave birth to the democracy we cherish today. Having also been at the helm of efforts to ensure a peaceful violence free election, the ex-military Head of State was elated and recounted the events leading to President Jonathan conceding defeat to the surprise and admiration of the entire world. In his own words: “The elections have been very peaceful despite the hitches here and there. “At the end of the elections, at the counting, that there were a lot of upheavals that have happened, but thankfully they have all been contained.

“We were at the middle of a meeting with the international observers to try to see how we can still water the tension down, when gladly I called Gen. Buhari that
we are going to see him, he told me that Mr. President had called him at about 5:15pm and congratulated him and conceded defeat.
“We were spell bound and the reason we have come here is to thank President Jonathan for this statesmanship.
“In the history of Nigeria, I think this is the first time a contestant has called his rival to congratulate him and through this point, President Jonathan maintained a point that his ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian.
“He has proved that he is a man of his word because during our interaction on this peace committee he has always maintained that he is going to accept the result of the elections whichever way it is done. “And he has proved this.
“And I think we need Nigerians, all of us to join hands in making sure we assist him in the peaceful handing over.
“And I will appeal to all politicians those who are celebrating and those who are sorrowing to please give peace a chance to be moderate. “In any contest, there is always going to be a winner and President Jonathan has accepted that he lost and we want to thank him.
“On behalf of Nigerians I want to thank President Jonathan for being the statesman that he is, he has approved that he is a statesman and he has the love of this country in his heart.
“So Nigerians should please help him to ensure this is real.
“For any Nigerian who is aggrieved, the electoral law has procedures for seeking re-address, so if anybody has any grievance he should apply through the law.
“I appeal again to our youths, to everybody to please give peace a chance and accept that the chief contestant himself has accepted.
“So nobody should go and raise any eyebrow and cause any destabilization of this country.”

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