Former President Goodluck Jonathan, in his book, ‘My Transition Hours‘ launched on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, said that the 2015 Presidential election was choked with “manipulations, intrigues, intimidations and betrayals,” putting part of the blame for his defeat at the doorstep of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Jonathan, however, said the reason he conceded defeat was due to the fact that he was more interested in ensuring that democracy remains and to ensure the promotion of “the peace, unity and progress of Nigeria.”
Jonathan, 61, who celebrated his birthday on November 20 said he had reports on the polls around the country and he immediately knew the results were not going to favour him. (pg 75)
He said, “For some inexplicable reason, the INEC had been able to achieve near 100% distribution of Permanent Voters Cards in the North, including the North East, which was under siege with the Boko Haram insurgency but failed to record a similar level of distribution in the South which was relatively more peaceful.”
The former president also said his Ministers including Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke; Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka were in his sitting room “recommending sundry alternatives”, on the day of the election but his interest, as he said earlier, was to “let democracy survive”.
“My Political ambition is not worth people being ‘soaked in blood’,” he added. (pg 76)
He said when more reports trickled in, he knew he “was destined by God at that point in time to inject the peace serum and douse the palpable tension in the country.
“I reached for the telephone and placed a call through the State House operators at about 4:45 pm. A peace I had never felt since my political sojourn, descended on me. It showed me where I had been in the past sixteen years and where I was then.” – he called Muhammadu Buhari and congratulated him. (pg 77)
After the call and after he informed his Ministers who were formerly shocked but later congratulated him, Jonathan said, “There have been attempts to rewrite that history with different accounts as to why and how I conceded defeat to Muhammadu Buhari. Some are totally false while some are only half-truths. The unkindest cut of them all was made by Professor John in his book, ‘Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria’…”
“Professor Paden’s account is obviously a deliberate falsehood.” (pg 79)