Jonathan concedes defeat, congratulates Buhari

With presidential election results from all but one of Nigeria’s 36 states counted, and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari, clearly in unassailable lead, President Goodluck Jonathan has telephoned Mr. Buhari to concede defeat.

The spokesperson of the APC, Lai Mohammed, told reporters in Abuja that President Jonathan has conceded defeat.

He said the president called Mr. Buhari to congratulate him on wining the presidential election held Saturday.

“The President called General Buhari at 5: 05 pm this evening to congratulate him for emerging victorious,” Mr. Mohammed said.

He commended the president for “that singular act”.

The Independent National Electoral Commission is yet to declare Mr. Buhari winner because it is still expecting results from Nigeria’s remote Borno State.

By the time the Borno vote is added to the tally, Mr. Buhari would have garnered 15,416,221 votes. All of Mr. Mr. Jonathan’s 12,853, 162 votes have already being counted.

Celebrations have broken across Nigeria as news of Mr. Buhari’s victory dribbles around the nation.


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  • Frank Bassey

    Nigeria has begun a journey into unending darkness. Pity.

    • Arabakpura

      Incurable pessimist! Jonathan just entered the hall of fame!

      • Preco01

        whatever!

        • Total

          Jonathan has just done what your messiah has never and will never do. Go ahead a amuse yourself. We are waiting to see the magic promised.

    • zacchaeus Akinleye

      And you have begun an Odyssey into the valley of depression because you lost. Man up because Nigeria belongs to us all.

    • Walter

      That’s the problem with you guys. Just following blindly. He just became one of the best presidents in the history of Africa. For him to call Buhari and concede defeat shows class and honor!

      • Preco01

        He hasn’t done anything special! if you borrow the American system, then you should go all the way including concession and congratulations!

    • share Idea

      Don’t mind them. Ask them where is Obasanjo with all his lies, propaganda and sabotage against a sitting president. Nigeria will wish they never missed this golden opportunity of electing GEJ a second time. He has good plans for Nigeria, some of which he had already started implementing. We all will be witnesses to unfolding Buhari’s messianic rule.

      • Preco01

        We are not looking for a messiah or a saint, Nigerians deserve people of integrity, dedication and commitment to service, so we can actually transform our beloved country for all. The last 6 years of unmitigated disaster has taken Nigeria to the brink. At least we can start rebuilding and sewing the fabric of the nation back with integrity in leadership.

    • Nigerian

      I TOLD YOU, YOU WILL REGRET CALLING ME A TOUT – OBJ

      • tundemash

        lol !!!!

        • Ayemi

          why is this thing crying like mumu?

  • SayNo2Tribalism

    This is Jonathan doing a class act. Power is transient. Congrats Mr Buhari.

  • Olusegun Olawonyi

    Even though I campaigned massively for Buhari at this election and I warmly welcome his election, I am more impressed with Goodluck Jonathan’s historic concession of defeat. This has never happened in Nigeria before and this act should not be lost on us Nigerians. Nigeria won today – not just APC. It is a good day to be a Nigerian!

  • Dan maikoko

    Its calm and cool here in Kano since morning. The weather itself as if heralding the dawn of a new era brings forth light showers intermittently as if to calm frayed nerves of the past 6 years. Some here call it the showers of cleansing. We all thank the people of this great country for a job welldone. If we have learned anything about the past 6 years its that if we unite our will is going to prevail. Never again shall we entrust our affairs to mediocre and clueless people. Never again shall we be delivered to the hands of rogues and criminals.
    To the incoming president, there is no time, the damage is so much that the healing and repair need to start immediately. We wish you the best.
    To the incumbent we thank you too for your bravery and gentlemanly conduct. You will go down in history as the first president to concede defeat before all the results are counted. This moment of loss to you has become your “finest hour”. Out of all your achievements as president for the last 6 years this “singular act” has set you apart from all others. This last act is your greatest contribution to Nigeria’s democracy. We wish the best in all your future endeavors.

  • the truth

    I can’t believe this. Wow, short of words. Congratulations to GEJ for being a democrat. At this juncture i congratulate Buhari for this victory. This is what we call democracy,We salute GEJ again

    • checkmate

      Hahaha!!! Mr. “the truth”, Na only you waka come. When are you carrying the boxes of your master to Otueke?

      • tundemash

        U dey mind Mr Career Liar ? He admires GEJ but not Jega who was a thorn in the flesh of these rogues who were bent on rigging the election by discrediting the PVC which ultimately led to their downfall ! Coward like them die severally, let him be consoling himself.

  • B.Messi

    I am a bit relieved now GEJ has conceded defeat after the drama by orubebe.
    HOWEVER, I hope the hawks around GEJ will respect the wish of the larger number of Nigerians and allow democracy be strengthened by accepting the clear win.
    It was obvious to the discerning that a part of the country(which incidentally I belong to) constituted a major stumbling block to GEJ’s regime, but I hope the good people of the SS will accept everything in good faith.
    I still have strong reservations on papa Buhari having the physical and mental strength to rule a complex nation like Nigeria.
    But democracy is a game of numbers..I CONGRATULATE MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE APC.

    • tundemash

      Thanks for your reservation. Light has overcome darkness. Give it up !

  • Total

    That is what you call a man of honour. Jonathan belongs to a class many can’t match. I will always respect Jonathan no matter what. You can imagine if it had been the other way round. That is a man of noble upbringing in action. You deserve great respect. Just hope the likes of El Rufai will learn from Jonathan. God bless Jonathan. God bless Federal republic of Nigeria.

  • share Idea

    Can premium Times and Sahara Reporters still be relevant now that their enemy have been defeated. Let wait and see if they will extend their supposed investigative journalism to Buhari’s rule?

    • Walter

      That’s what you don’t understand. They were here and relevant before Goodluck’s Administration. And let it be known that any administration that thinks they can just do whatever they like and get away with it, they will be booted out. PEOPLE POWER.

    • tundemash

      They were there during Abacca/IBB/Yaradua/GEJ so what makes Buhari different ?

      Not only PT and SR, be rest assured even we commentators will be here too to put them on their toes. First assignment is our $20bn must be recovered, we would not accept any magomago padipadi business !

  • Chris1408

    Great! GEJ is a good man, but surrounded by bad and evil people that led him astray.

    • Dazmillion

      Jonathan is the one that surrounded himself with bad people

      • abeem

        Agreed. He made a conscious effort to surround himself with people of shady characters to wit – Doyin Okupe, Abati, Fani Kayode, Asari Dokubo etc. However, at the end, he did the needful and saved the country from violence and bloodletting.

    • Omoagunmate

      That is his own responsibility. Nobody led him astray, he led himself astray and he paid and will pay for it. No excuses abeg.

    • Guguru

      I agree. Jonathan is a good man who routinely makes poor decisions.

    • tundemash

      He chose the bad and evil people; buck stops on his table !

  • UNAFFECTED

    Before, I congratulate the General, I want to say kudos to Premium Times and Sahara Reporters. In this Common Sense Revolution, these two media houses did an exceptional job in keeping us informed and keeping the incumbent government on its toes. Many people who though read but choose to remain uninformed accused them of bias, but it is a universal fact that media houses take sides in issues that concern the people. I am glad that these two and others like them chose the side of the people. Congratulations!

  • Niger Delta Republic

    INSURGENCY – Part 2 — Coming soon?

    Jonathan remains our courageous comrade with whom we are pleased. He confronted an evil cult of the North & West of Nigeria who have had their way since 1966. He kept Nigeria one and fought a war against terrorists who were supervised by his political opponent whose supporters were always willing to personally offer their daughters to the terrorists to prime for a suicide bombing mission.

    The insurgency will now shift. From the desert to the Atlantic ocean webbed by the notorious creeks and highly inflammable pipelines which sustain Nigeria and Nigerians. Lets see how Buhari & Nigeria will survive a most imminent and volatile insurgency.

    • Omoagunmate

      Go to hell

    • Mr Igbo Sanity

      Don’t mistake General Bhuari for Jonathan or Yaradua. Any militancy from any quarters will be CRUSHED without delay. Congrats to President Elect Buhari and Goodluck to GEJ in his future endevours.

      • burning spear

        U see the trouble with the Ibos————-they like the Yoprubas often eat from both sides of the divide–that is why we often advocate——separation————-Besides why were the same people–the fulani general in the army not able to crush boko haram—–and help find the chibok gals————instead went about asking for–arms———————?

    • Clear Water

      Are you still dreaming? Call your Asari Dokubo, we are waiting for your Armageddon. Arrant ethnic bigot.

      • Malik Isah

        pls this is not the time for this, be magnanimous in victory!

        • Clear Water

          You are very correct. But this is not my victory, rather it is the victory of democracy. I will be the first person to start campaigning against Buhari tomorrow if he messes up.

    • tundemash

      Try burst ordinary balloon first .Cowards!
      Then you will know the fury of a proper General Buhari is different from the cl0wnish smile of a Dumbo they dress up in army camouflage.

  • Peter

    Nigerians voted on religious divide.

    • tundemash

      as they did in 2011 ?

      • burning spear

        In 2011 it was based on sympathy———–period———-not love for ijaw man Jonathan—————-what were his achievements b4 9ja decided to elect him nothing—————

    • burning spear

      WRONG————-IT WAS BASED ON THE REGION THAT THE PRESIDENT HAILED FROM-

  • Total

    Jonathan had done what Obasanjo will never do. He would rather rig himself in. Congratulations Dr Jonathan.

    • tundemash

      Yeah right . OBJ made sure he imposed two sick men on us; one had no kidney and the other had no brain no balls !

      But we have taken our country back now thanks to Buhari’s doggedness, Tinubu’s strategy, Amaechi’s fearlessness, Lai Mohammed’s timely alerts, Jega’s PVC, Capt. Koli’s whistle-blowing and the resolve of ordinary Nigerians to make sure their votes count !

  • Clear Water

    The glory Oh Israel is slain upon the high places…..How are the mighty fallen……..

  • CONGRATULATIONS. Sai Buhari, Fe Buhari, Love Buhari, March 28, Nigerians Voted Buhari, DESTROYER of
    Maitatsine and Boko Haram and of all Corruption in government, as President of Nigeria.

  • Clear Water

    Let me congratulate Nigerians who made this history possible. I am a happy man today not because I hated GEJ but because we have shown that we will no longer tolerate bad and corrupt leaders. I campaigned for Buhari against GEJ even though we are from the same zone because I see Buhari as somebody who will do his best for the common man. Should he disappoint, I will be the first to start shouting tomorrow. Lets join hands and build a better Nigeria. Bravo

  • edith

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  • Malik Isah

    poor man, this is the most honorable thing to do. your sins are forgiven!

    • burning spear

      LET US SEE HOW BUHARI WILL PUT HIS FULANI TRIBES MEN ON TRIAL—OR REDISTRIBUTE THE OIL WELLS———

  • Pere

    How Professor Jega ‘defeated’ Jonathan in the 2015 election

    On this 2015 election, history will question Jonathan’s claim to being an educated man.
    An educated person must think, plan, anticipate, pre-empt and leap over booby traps.
    Goodluck Jonathan did none of those things in this 2015 election and he imploded today.
    Conceding defeat without the PDP executives’ income is the height of his serial blunders.

    Once Professor Jega had manipulated PVC distribution to reduce Igbo voters by four million,
    and with President Jonathan then blithely ignorant of the consequences of that shenanigan,
    he lost the election even before voting started on 28th March – but with ignorant confidence,
    President Jonathan naively assumed his Igbo voters existed as accredited voters,
    but they didn’t, they only existed on INEC’s other register as registered voters without PVC.
    Goodluck Jonathan’s ignorant confidence on this point in this election was his greatest un-doing.

  • Pere

    How Professor Jega ‘defeated’ Jonathan in the 2015 election

    On this 2015 election, history will question Jonathan’s claim to being an educated man.
    An educated person must think, plan, anticipate, pre-empt and leap over booby traps.
    Goodluck Jonathan did none of those things in this 2015 election and he imploded today.
    Conceding defeat without the PDP executives’ input is the height of his serial blunders.

    Once Professor Jega had manipulated PVC distribution to reduce Igbo voters by four million,
    and with President Jonathan then blithely ignorant of the consequences of that shenanigan,
    he lost the election even before voting started on 28th March – but with ignorant confidence,
    President Jonathan naively assumed his Igbo voters also existed as accredited voters,
    but they didn’t, they only existed on INEC’s other register as registered voters without PVC.
    Goodluck Jonathan’s ignorant confidence on this point in this election was his greatest un-doing.

    • Freethinker

      ..

      • burning spear

        I would have done the same thing–the war against Jonathan did not start with Nigerians—–it was started by the Fulani governors whom Obj a Yoruba man aligned to rig the president out of power——Yes Prof Jega worked with APC to remove Jonathan fromm power——-But where were the DSS chaps when Jega awarded the contract for the supply of the PVCs to Tinubu–another Yoruba man—The move to disfranchise the people of the south east was a long drawn out battle——Look at it this way————–It was not Jonathan who stopped the Yorubas from enjoying the post of speaker-It was tinubu———–so why blame Ijaw man Jonathan for it——–Would Nigerians have voted for-an Ijaw with no WASC certificate——————?

  • burning spear

    Let the Fulanis bring out the chibok gals they are hiding in the palace of the sultan of sokoto-for us to see—Or -is the boko haram war still on?

  • Sunny

    Story for the God. You don’t deserve any respect at all. You have damage the country and I pray GMD will be able to fix it or else we will vote him out.

  • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

    Congrats General Buhari.
    Thank you President Jonathan.

    • alawee

      2015 ELECTION IS WASTE OF MONEY FOR BUHARI

      For a poor country, Nigeria can actually afford to
      be frugal This election was pure waste of money.
      It has no consequence; regardless that Buhari had
      2.5million more votes than his closest contestant.

      The election was at best an entertainment after
      Buhari presented affidavit in December 2014 saying
      he obtained WASC but can’t show it or prove it.
      So, why waste money staging an election for such dubious
      claimant? That’s prodigal. The number of votes
      Buhari won is moot. He can’t be sworn in under the law.

      • alawee

        …..[2] 2015 ELECTION IS WASTE OF MONEY FOR BUHARI

        Buhari is deemed constitutionally dis-qualified
        for giving false certificate by recitation in affidavit to INEC.
        Unless he shows his WASC by tendering it – which
        he’s not done since December – he ‘s wasting his time.

        By common sense he may never be able to show it,
        actually, so, what’s an election worth for such person?
        The number of votes Buhari won cannot replace the
        Constitution stipulating MANDATORY dis-qualification.

        Or does a concession of defeat by President Jonathan
        give Buhari the WASC Buhari does not have or show.
        The 1999 Constitution of Nigeria is the greatest
        will of the people; and, it nullifies all the votes Buhari got.

  • Joe

    “We hope the Hausas can learn and do similar when power leaves them.The time Buhari was defeated resulted in mass killing that he did not stop.However GEJ was too weak to stand up against opposition.He allowed JEGA take over card reader which can easily be manipulated.On election day it did not identify GEJ but identified Buhari.Card reader was GEJ undoing.He leaned somuch towards western Nigeria and OBJ at the end what happened? Well let Nigeria now see Buhari fight corruption.Nigerians are waiting for the TRUE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION. Charity beings at home corruption fight should start from those corrupt ones surrounding Buhari.Nigerians knows them very well.Let there be no respect of persons”. -Scrappy

  • agbobu

    AND THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION AND IMPUNITY MUST BE IN THE FRONT BURNER AND THE NUMBER ON PRIORITY OF THE IN COMING BUHARI ADMINISTRATION. THE NEXT MAJOR BATTLE IS THE ECONOMY, THAT HAS BEEN VERY SEVERELY DESTROYED AND BASTARDISED BY BY THIS GOODLUCK JONATHAN OUT GOING ADMINISTRATION. WE MUST ASK QUESTIONS AND DEMAND IMMEDIATE ANSWERS FROM EVERY PERSON THAT WAS RECKLESSLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS VERY GRAVE ECONOMIC CALAMITY OR CATASTROPHE, BUT IN DOING SO WE MUST APPLY VERY DUE PROCESSES AND VERY DILIGENT METHODS AND APPROACHES.IT IS A VERY DAUNTING TASK CONFRONTING THE IN COMING BUHAHI’S ADMINISTRATION, BUT WE ARE VERY CONVINCED THAT HE HAS THE CAPACITY AND THE ABILITY AND THAT HE IS A VERY WILLING, READY AND ABLE PERSON FOR THESE VERY GREAT JOBS. I ONCE AGAIN EXTEND MY CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PRESIDENT ELECT BUHAHI. I WILL ALSO USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ASK THOSE WHO CALLED ME A LOT OF UNPRINTABLE NAMES WHEN I SAID FROM DAY ONE THAT GOODLUCK JONATHAN WILL BE DEFEATED VERY CONVINCINGLY BY BUHARI. I TOLD THEM THEN THAT IF IN THE VERY UNLIKELY SCENARIO THAT GOODLUCK JONATHAN IS RE ELECTED ALMIGHTY GOD FORBIDS, THAT THE POPE WILL MARRY AND THAT THE KING OF SAUDI ARABIA THE HEAD OF THE MUSLIM WORLD WILL BECOME A CHRISTIAN. I WILL NOW STEP ASIDE FROM PARTY PATRICIAN POLITICS, SINCE I HAVE ACHIEVED MY AIMS AND I WISH BUHARI THE BEST OF LUCKS AND THE GUIDANCE OF THE ALMIGHTY GOD IN THESE VERY GRAVE AND VERY SERIOUS TASKS HE IS GOING TO INHERIT