Jonathan thanks Nigerians, asks PDP members not to despair

STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE RESULTS OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2015

Fellow Nigerians,

I thank you all for turning out en-masse for the March 28 General Elections.

I promised the country free and fair elections. I have kept my word. I have also expanded the space for Nigerians to participate in the democratic process. That is one legacy I will like to see endure.

Although some people have expressed mixed feelings about the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), I urge those who may feel aggrieved to follow due process based on our constitution and our electoral laws, in seeking redress.

As I have always affirmed, nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian. The unity, stability and progress of our dear country is more important than anything else.

I congratulate all Nigerians for successfully going through the process of the March 28th General Elections with the commendable enthusiasm and commitment that was demonstrated nationwide.

I also commend the Security Services for their role in ensuring that the elections were mostly peaceful and violence-free.

To my colleagues in the PDP, I thank you for your support. Today, the PDP should be celebrating rather than mourning. We have established a legacy of democratic freedom, transparency, economic growth and free and fair elections.

For the past 16 years, we have steered the country away from ethnic and regional politics. We created a Pan-Nigerian political party and brought home to our people the realities of economic development and social transformation.

Through patriotism and diligence, we have built the biggest and most patriotic party in Nigerian history. We must stand together as a party and look to the future with renewed optimism.

I thank all Nigerians once again for the great opportunity I was given to lead this country and assure you that I will continue to do my best at the helm of national affairs until the end of my tenure.

I have conveyed my personal best wishes to General Muhammadu Buhari.

May God Almighty continue to bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

I thank you all.

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR
President,
Federal Republic of Nigeria
March 31, 2015


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  • Muhammad Ibn Abd AL- Wahhab

    You will ever remain the best nigeria ever produced as president thank you may God bless you.

    • Kay

      That means you do not wish the country progress. May we see better days. Honorable and statemanly all the same…Sai Buhari.

  • ojo

    Thank u for leading us aground.u can proceed to otuoke.

    • tundemash

      And stealing us blind !

    • pereajere

      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 that his Igbo voters also existed as accredited voters,
      but they didn’t, they only existed on INEC’s other files as registered voters without PVC.
      Goodluck Jonathan’s ignorant confidence on this point was his greatest un-doing.

      • Guguru

        Pereajere,

        Ignorance is bliss, right? The PVC which could not be easily counterfeited without the code for unlocking the PVC, ballot papers printed with different colors for different states, a court ruling that allowed the use of card readers, an INEC Chairman who could not be bribed, and a swarm of supposedly loyal PDP members whose loyalty was to the money they could get from Jonathan for the election rather than loyalty to Jonathan himself. When you put it all together, you essentially see why and how Jonathan could not easily rig this election.

      • hummm

        blah, blah, blah

  • Goodbye-Jona

    Before we start showering Jonathan with praise for graciously conceding defeat, we must not forget that he is the dumbest president ever to brace the rungs of the leadership ladder. The exciting thing is that we will shortly find out how the missing $20 billions or so, under his watch, was disbursed.

    • KG

      Yes o.

    • Ish Adam

      We shall see what you APC government will do.

  • Abiye

    This concession speech offers nothing and attempts to take in all….on account of truth telling is GEJ really saying the security forces helped guard democracy? While Orubebe ranted at the coalition centre not one security man could do the basic work of law enforcement. Then It became clear that Bello Fadile who Nigerian tax payers hired to be a director of special duties at the NSA office shows up announcing himself as a PDP agent. These are mere illustrations of the impunity and copious egregious crimes committed by this security sector. Then GEJ pays homage to a party that left a legacy of 16 years of corruption, maladministration and arrogance of power. I accept that the concession speech is welcome and helpful yet he reminds those who will follow up on protests to merely use “lawful and constitutional means” in the presumed hope that he will be the beneficiary of that protest. Does anyone remember the open crimes the party committed in Rivers State?? This speech writer is at his most cynical try!

    • Joe Farhan

      You’ll live to regret your life

    • burning spear

      He is talking about their struggle and scrifce against boko haram–do u know the number of soldiers killed because of the greed of the Fulanis to wrestle power from jonathan

      • Guguru

        burning Spear,

        Why do you struggle with English comprehension?

    • adaure

      Your analysis is spot on. You know a lot of Nigerians cannot read between the lines. I personally find that concession speech, arrogant, patronising & subtly inciting. Nigerians have spoken & resoundingly too.

  • Abraham

    A great man is remembered for what they give to the society, not what they take away from them. You have sown the seed of love by your magnanimity in defeat. You have carved a niche for yourself in annals of African History. You have short the mouth of blood sucking demons operating through men in our nation. God bless you.

    • burning spear

      I hope u will remember these same words when d rule of the fulani emirate by buhari begins and that of his yoruba brothers ——–that is we are waiting to see how corruption is going to be fought in Nigeria——————-with the help of the western powers that installed buhari into power

  • KG

    Thanks for a Stateman like speech, on this occasion the people wanted change. Best wishes in your future endeavours.

    • burning spear

      Nigerian political parties have been preaching change for the past 50 years————it was the change slogan that the so-called founding fathers used—to gain political power from the british

  • Sith Lord

    i do not fall for this speech at all, he could have conducted himself well during campaign, lost and then given this spech. Then i would have respcted him

    • Ish Adam

      Who cares about what you fall for?

    • burning spear

      Show us the saintly way he would have conducted himself during the election———by chasing those who stoned him in the North? Or refused like Buhari to show his school cert————–just give me an example of how he would have conducted himself——–better than drug addicts like tinubu-The President is talking about UNITY–which is not there——in Nigeria—Nigeria is an divided country—–period—-Made up of the Ibos–Yariba traitors–and our masters the fulanis—- animals-

      • Guguru

        burning spear,

        Any evidence that Jonathan actually has a PhD.?

  • Guguru

    Jonathan just produced the most classy speech of his life. One wonders why he did not stay classy (words and deeds) through his tenure as President? In fact, It got to a point, no one trusted a word he ever said. Are we to wipe away all his sins on the basis of one remarkably classy speech? I hope not!

    • zung

      It is now that his eyes are clear so he could remember well his English and composure rather than the un-presidential displays we have painfully watched for six years. For once the strangle hold on him is removed and he could read a wonderfully crafted speech. This speech may have been written by him or another speech writer different from his usual one.

      • Guguru

        Very likely.

    • Strong System

      He was guided by his wife,FFK,Okupe,Buruji,Asari & Tompolo, Edwin Clark,etc etc etc

      • Guguru

        Yes, those are factors. But what about the man himself? Birds of the same feather flock together, right?

  • Guguru

    Why did Jonathan fail in his rigging efforts? The PVC which could not be easily counterfeited without the code for
    unlocking the PVC, ballot papers printed with different colors for different states, a court ruling that allowed the use of card readers, an INEC Chairman who could not be bribed, and a swarm of supposedly loyal PDP members whose loyalty was to the money they could collect from Jonathan for the election rather than loyalty to Jonathan himself. When you put it all together, you essentially see why and how Jonathan could not easily rig this election. The only way to impeded these factors would have been the use of violence. Unfortunately for Jonathan, he signed and Abuja Accord with Buhari. So, violence as he would have preferred, was completely out of the question.

    • begy

      Jonathan can not rig election. Elections are rigged in the field not in Aso Rock or Otueke. Meanwhile, Jega can not rig election either, even, if he accepts bride.

      • Guguru

        Rigging of elections is a series of events and not a single event. Initiation of those events start in Aso Rock for presidential election rigging. Know the difference.

      • real

        Jega knew the result before election. Period!!. he was meant to be a just umpire but instead chose a path of his own making.

  • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

    I am not move by GEJ’s bye bye speech. He misused power to harass opponents at the silliest opportunity. We shall ever live to remember how he often used security agents to rough handle his opponents.

    • Bigtin

      Let’s bring back Obj

    • 2hell with wot feel

    • Wise Head

      You are just jealous that GEJ did what your Buhari couldn’t do, and will never have done even if he contested elections 100 times. Free your heart of too much hate, because it is injurious to your health. And talking of harassing of opponents, if you are referring to the melodramas Rotimi Amaechi often staged in Port Harcourt to grab the headlines, then you are incapable of seeing through a smokescreen. And that is entirely your problem. There is nothing anybody can do about it

  • Akanji92

    GEJ, you are really a patriot. Hope supporters of GEJ and GMB will join hands to make Nigeria. PDP & APC did not win but Nigeria and Nigerians won.

  • Wähala

    “For the past 16 years, we have steered the country away from ethnic and regional politics. We created a Pan-Nigerian political party and brought home to our people the realities of economic development and social transformation.” – GEJ

    Even with his arrogant parting speech he couldn’t keep away from lies…
    Economic development and social transformation indeed, and talk of ethnic and regional politics. Go! biko, Go away… and, Thank you for nothing. The jubilation of getting rid of Dr. Dumbo as seen across the land is proof he was a jinx worse than Abacha on our dear country. Thank God o! Thank God… Free at last, we are indeed free at last. Never Again! Tufiaa!!

  • Spoken word

    Lol.bye bye.

  • Chiotu Nnamdi

    History shall be fair to him.

  • baba

    wahala tundemash kay and co, you are all going to be ministers in this regime cause you deserve it. you contributed to buharis victory in no small measure

  • ije2014

    We should praise Jonathan. I will remember him as the sitting president that behaved democratically. Only Mandela has behaved this way previously in Africa. We should be mature and democratic in our attitude as well. All we know today is that in 4 years time, Nigerians have the power to speak through the ballot box. The jury is still out on APC – time will tell. It is now important that an opposition party is built, maintained and develops concrete policies. In fact more than one or 2 opposition parties should emerge and develop maintained and clear positions. On April 11th meanwhile, the people of the south east & south south should get rid of their parasitic governors who returned disgraceful results. The card readers must be used. SE/SS should go for a party (not PDP) that concentrates on building local infrastructure and makes it possible for people from those zones to live at home instead of migrating to and developing other geo-political zones in the country. APC believes in federalism, we should take advantage of that. Firstly, kick out the PDP parasites in ALL states in SE/SS on 11th April, then rebuild. Meanwhile, respect to Jonathan as he has removed all possibilities of violence and rancour. He should start an educational foundation on democracy and civil society/public administration. Now he is no longer in power, I would love to associate with him and help build such an institute to educate our people for the better.

  • pshegs

    Aww… I feel like crying. God bless you Jonathan. This is a win win for you and Buhari.

  • AIYEKOTO

    I formerly known and called Goodluck Jonathan shall henceforth be called GOODBYE JONATHAN. Former documents remain valid.

  • Wise Head

    Most commentators here are just jealous that GEJ did what your Buhari couldn’t do, and will never have done even if he contested elections 100 times. Free your hearts of too much hate, because it is injurious to your health. The truth is, GEJ has stolen the thunder from both Buhari and Obasanjo put together . And no Nigerian former leader can lay claim to such a reputation. Even if you develop heart attack trying to discredit this amazing gesture by GEJ, the man has made history. And there is nothing you can do about it.

  • Wise Head

    For rabid Buharists, remember that April 22 is still coming. The Abuja High Court can still send your man packing for alleged certificate forgery. So, the celebration is too early.

    • Iyoma

      Wise head has always been a clueless head. and clueless head never investigate before passing judgement. Lets wait till then if High court also think like clueless heads.

  • kolafemi

    Nigerians will forever remember Obasanjo for GSM and, I’ve been wondering what legacy Jonathan will leave behind after his tenure. At last i found one-PEACE. But for his states manly and timely response conceding defeat and congratulating the winner, Nigeria will be boiling by now. President Jonathan deserves a Nobel Peace Award for PEACE Congratulations Nigeria and Africa

    • Iyoma

      It depends on the nature of peace you are talking about. I know you mean peace during and after election. Yes, I agree with you. but if it is general peace, I say no because there can never be peace without security. The quest for peace and security on one hand brought about the move for change.

      • real

        Just go and watch Hotel Rwanda and you’ll understand him better.

  • NJ

    What a Great President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is…..absolutely Unbeatable !!! We have now Welcome ‘Change’ and we hope that ‘Change’ will keep his campaign promises to all Nigerians.

    • Iyoma

      When you benefit in isolation from a government, you must entertain grieve when the government leaves.

      • FLAKKY

        WHAT IS WIT U?

      • aisha ani

        All of a sudden, Jonathan is a good person. Is everyone on something?

  • NJ

    We will surely miss our dear President….the best man on this planet with the fear of God. Nigeria will NEVER forget you. You have made History. We definitely LOVE you and mama Peace who was a True mother to us all. God bless and Keep You both.

    • Iyoma

      You are entitled to your feelings and opinions.

  • Okey

    I join in congratulating Gen. Buhari on his hard won victory, for being exemplary in resilience and life endeavours. I congratulate, most especially, President Goodluck Jonathan for showing exceptional statesmanship that is unparallelled and unrivaled in the history of political contestation in Nigeria. I also congratulate the youths of Southern Nigeria and the Middle Belt and in particular, of the South South of Nigeria for accepting the outcome as the will of the people and the will of God; even though some of them are shocked and aggrieved, they are united in the belief that Nigeria belongs to all, that some other Nigerians have the right to differ, that outcomes must not justify a birth right or a sense of entitlement, that though we may jaw-jaw, in the register of our conscience should exist the truth and understanding, the outcomes should not be one of “Our Man MUST Be There.” Which are critical issues that our “All is well” public commentators pretend over and fail to educate the younger generation.

    For my part, I will always hold Gen. Buhari’s government up to its words – their promise and their observations during campaigns. One of which is that I am now certain that as from May 29, there will be a CHANGE in the price of pms in Nigeria. A litre of petrol will be selling for N45 as he had told us during campaigns that the PDP led government is cheating us by charging N87 per a litre. That given the slump in the world oil market, the honest and correct price of a litre of petrol in Nigeria should be N45. I am assuredly hopeful of the first CHANGE from that directions.

  • eben

    Nigerians should remember OBJ once said “even if Jesus comes down from heaven to conduct election, we can never have a free and fair election”. GEJ has peoved him wrong, that even without Jesus coming down, an ordinary human being can do it. For all of us do not expect this kind of election in 4yrs time. Cos it takes a man that is not desperate for power to do such. God Bless GEJ, God Bless Nigeria.

  • eben

    GMB, remember if u fail in fulfilling any of ur promises, it will be disastrous cos we ar goin to hold u by ur word.

  • aisha ani

    Nigerians have a serious problem, how quickly we forget that this man is responsible for emptying the country’s treasury, all in his bid to hang on to power. Is this not the same person that sent soldiers to Edo, Rivers and other states? What about the people that lost their lives because of this power hungry man? Now some of you are saying he deserves a Nobel peace price. WTF!!!!! The only reason he conceded was because he ran out of options and above all, a coward!