Why I conceded defeat to Buhari in 2015 – Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan
Former President Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday said Nigeria needs to get to a stage where it would no longer wait for court judgments to conclude elections.

Speaking at the 6th edition of African Ambassadors Interactive Forum, AAIF, and dinner, organised by African Third Sector Resource, ATSR, in Abuja, Mr. Jonathan noted that by conceding defeat before the 2015 election result was declared, he wanted to set a new standard for the nation’s democracy and prove a point that election related litigation should no longer define Nigeria’s democracy.

According to a report published by Vanguard, Mr. Jonathan was also presented the “African Leadership & Achievement Award,” at the event.

“I always say that I reformed the democratic process as President in order to consolidate democracy in Nigeria and the sub-region,” he said. “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.”

Mr. Jonathan said his commitment to the protection of lives and investments of Nigerian people, their assets and the economy made him concede defeat and avert looming crises.

The former president, who was represented at the occasion by the former Minister of National Planning, Abubakar Suleiman, recalled that already, some agencies in the United States had predicted Nigeria’s disintegration, following growing tensions on the land at the time.

He stressed that Nigeria and, indeed, Africa could have been doomed, if Nigeria was allowed to slide into anarchy.

“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.

“Recall that after the 2011 Presidential election, which most observers adjudged transparent, with my victory generally seen to have been well deserved, crisis and conflicts still surfaced that claimed the lives of many of our compatriots, and property worth billions of naira destroyed.

“I am always saddened each time I remember that among those who died needlessly then were 10 youths undergoing the compulsory one-year national service, who unfortunately got killed in a state where I secured only 16 per cent of votes.

“As the President, I always had at the back of my mind that it was my responsibility to protect the assets of Nigerians and non-Nigerians operating in our economy. These were committed investors who had trusted our government with their investments, to be able to provide jobs and improve the lives of our people.

“The steps I took while in office and during and after the 2015 elections were meant to secure our country, consolidate our democracy and protect those investments. I thank God that I was able to do what I did despite the irresistible force of power, and the usual worries about the uncertain fate that might befall a leader upon leaving office, especially in Africa.”

A congratulatory phone call put through to President Muhammadu Buhari by an incumbent Mr. Jonathan after majority of the presidential poll results had streamed in in 2015 is believed by many to have averted a major crisis that would have ruptured the nation’s unity.


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  • Dr.Alfred Branson

    Good leadership is a products of good conscience.We know good leaders at the point of defeat.

    • Frank Bassey

      “Good leadership is a products….”
      NOW WE HAVE LEADERSHIP WITHOUT CONSCIENCE, WHAT WILL THE “PRODUCTS” BE?

      • Al

        NOW nigeria have leader that commands respect from world leaders, not rascals like you that doesn’t even your own father

        • Frank Bassey

          Please, what are you really saying? This sounds like an incantation.

          • Al

            Go sleep jare, you are lost forever

        • Dr.Alfred Branson

          The only reason people praises this APC and Buhari let government is becaus those who forsake the law praise the wicked; but such as keep the law contend with them

          • Dr.Alfred Branson

            When the righteous are in authority,the people rejoice:but when the wicked bears rule,the people mourn.Nigerians are mourning because of those in Power.Are they wicked or Righteous ?

      • Dr.Alfred Branson

        Leadership without conscience produces blame games,lies,propaganda,sectional,disobedience to court orders,falsehood,intimidation to perceived enemies,useing corrupt tools to fight corruption,etc.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Mumu Jonathan, you conceded victory. In English language, there’s nothing like conceding defeat.

    • Frank Bassey

      As an English Studies Graduate, I tell you “Conceding Defeat” is perfectly correct. Don’t pull us down to your untreated level. This platform is not for burrow-pit dwellers. Shit!

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        You probably graduated from the same Institution as Jonathan. I stand by my post.

        • Frank Bassey

          We need to examine your certificate. I know we have a country where “Intended WAEC candidates” can rule. That should not be a standard to emulate. I am sure that is what boosts your confidence. Jonathan is a product of a Nigerian recognized University. He has been going round the world delivering public lectures; he did one in Abuja only yesterday. Tell us the school your man attended. You must be like them to “stand by my post”. Desert ‘Warriors’.

          • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

            Moron, stop obfuscation. My point is that “conceding defeat” is not correct English. What people concede is victory. FYI, I am not a fan of Buhari’s. I refer to him as an illiterate certificate forger and perjurer.

      • Julius

        Hahahahahahahaha, now, that’s funny as hell !

  • lanre ilori

    Well he said something reasonable at the forum .But l won’t fotget that he supervised over the most corrupt regime.

    • Frank Bassey

      You must have relied on the media to arrive at your judgement. From the “little” the media has allowed us to see in less than 3 years of PMB regime, we are in for eternal doom. While corruption was wide under GEJ, now it is deep, and getting deeper by the day. I have never seen an impervious system like this. A few things can be less dangerous than impunity, dictatorship and hypocrisy combined.

      • Al

        Professor of mumu’s, you die empty head deceiving yourself

        • Frank Bassey

          Stay on the argument and save yourself the energy of being abusive. There is no prize for being a merchant of insult and abuse. I know your handicaps, though.

        • mayGodpunishopressors

          Believe me, buhari’s government will end up as the most corrupt government in the history of Nigeria. PMB is not in control and that is why the likes of maina, babachir, Maikanti, malami, danbazau, etc are having free day. Aisha Buhari knows better when she said her husband is not in control.

          • Al

            Your comment is as good as more than nonesense, i expect you be constructive i will have responded squarely and objectively. Go and learn how to be a good critic not beating around the bush

      • Julius

        Dasuki said he signed on all the distributions of the funds meant for arms for his reelection campaign and now Methu wants him in court as a witness for the money he received from that same arms money… that’s not the media sir…those were from the people that worked under him and for him. I have news for you, Dasuki will also wants him as a witness..mark my word !

  • Abdussalami Yaro

    Oga Jonathan, please, before man and God, say the truth. You conceded defeat because of the fear of the obvious, the “Gbagbo Treatment”. Sir, you knew you signed an undertaking with the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court of Justice, the first such undertaking by any country. Your thought was how to safely “chop” your “fruit” of office, particularly, that of Mama peace.

    • Frank Bassey

      Now that he left the office for fear of blood of dogs and baboons, who is “chopping” the “fruits” of office – via NNPC, Mainagate, MTNgate, Grass-cuttinggate …? Look at this one:

      BUHARI’S RECENT APPOINTMENTS AT NNPC – SIGN OF AN UPRIGHT SAINT?
      1. Shaibu Musa – MD, NNPC Medical Services
      2. Ibrahim Birma – Group General Manager, Audit Division
      3. Ahmed Katagum – Group GM Shipping
      4. Kallamu Abdullahi – Group GM, Renewable Energy Division
      5. Dr Bola Afolabi – Group GM, Research & Development
      6. Adeyemi Adetunji – MD, NNPC Retail Division
      7. Usman Yusuf – Group GM, NNPC GMD Office
      8. Bala Wunti – in charge of Corporate Planning & Strategy
      9. Umar Ajiya – MD, Nigerian Products Marketing Company
      10. Muhammed Abah – MD, Warri Refining Petrochemical Company
      11. Malami Shehu – MD, Port Harcourt Refining Company
      12. Adewale Ladenegan – MD, Kaduna Refining Petrochemical Co (dormant)
      13. Diepriye Tariah – MD, Integrated Data Services
      14. Rland Wubare – GM National Petroleum Investment Services
      NOTE: Maikanti Baru – still GMD, NNPC.
      Isiaka Abdulrasaq – GMD Finance & Services
      Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari – Petroleum Minister

      • A.A.Ngalos

        Frank Bassey – Group General Manager, Public Relations and Informations of NNPC

    • Al

      Well said loud and clear

  • Frank Bassey

    It was good you conceded, otherwise, Nigeria would have been like Somalia today because some people were ready to spill the blood of dog and baboon. They were given the power they desperately fought for only to run to administer Nigeria from London and their living room. What is happening now shows no one gives what he does not have.

    • Julius

      Naw, he is the one that would have been dealt with and Nigeria will still be standing. You see, folks like you would have crawled into a hole and kept quiet as usual. See kanu ?

      • Frank Bassey

        And where is Shekau?

        • Julius

          Probably where kanu is….me no know ooo. Do you know ?

  • Makusidi

    Please this your defeat conceding claim is becoming irritating. You lost an election, should you have done otherwise?? Of course you would have been metted with the ‘Gbagbo’ treatment.

    • mayGodpunishopressors

      Buhari lost election three times and went to court three times. I hate hypocrites like you. When buhari lost elections the third time, he called out his supporters on BBC hausa service ” su chucimu” to violence and in less than 24hours, dozens of Nigerians were murdered, including female youth corpers. The moment buhari came to power, dozens of Shi’ite muslems were killed, some buried alive, dozens of Benue farmers murdered, hundreds of Igbo extractions sent to early graves, southern zaria indigents went to grave in hundreds. The number of souls that were terminated from the face of the earth in 2yrs of pmb is far above what boko killed in terms of %tage. Unfortunately, the killing of farmers, Igbo and non sunni muslems is unabated.

      • aboki

        Bigotry in you with sentiments in your presentations. BUHARI never called for violence during his struggle !
        BUHARI is a roll model and ICON in every aspects you like it or not is glaringly apparent. Your PAY MASTERS would always attest that nagaba YAYI GABA WAILERS.

    • rules_emmanuelO.

      It is no small feat! Are you aware of the havoc and loss of lives that followed the post-election violence of Buhari’s loss to Yar’Adua?
      Buhari is a murderous, corrupt and incompetent human being!

  • Al

    Muhammadu Buhari is symbol of Nigeria, no one can take that away, no matter the oppositions buhari remain only the pride of all common people of this country, even these who are opposed to his cause before have made a u-turn to support him, gradually with little time to come buhari will unite this country from all evils

    • Sword of Damocles

      Not with an incompetent, sectional/ nepotism-infused govt, he won’t. That said Jonathan is still a thief and has no shame

      • Passionate about Nigeria

        3 Gbozas to you…how anyone can say Buhari is uniting the country is beyond me. Nigeria has never been so divided as now. In two years Buhari has split Nigeria long tribal lines.

    • Durotimi Oye

      You are a buffoon if you still have faith in buhari.

  • Julius

    1st of all, you lost the election and what people do is to concede and move on. You also knew damn well that if you had refused, you won’t be alive today. Period ! You can say what you want, that’s the bottom line and I’m glad you saw that and decided to do the right thing.

    • KELLOGGS

      How can you say that?
      In 2011, Buhari lost the election to Jonathan in everybody’s mind, BUT BUHARI. To Buhari, Buhari won the 2011, and Jonathan did not concede, yet Jonathan was alive to govern and talk about it.

      So, your whole thesis is debunked right there.

      • Julius

        You notice the year…right ?

      • Dr Bunmi Binitie

        The last two elections PMB lost were not free and fair elections and everyone said it, even Yaradua

  • Chydo

    I guess to Jonathan, this is the only laudable achievement he has to his name. When people lose elections, what do they do?

  • bashkano

    In spite of the overwhelming winning votes by President Buhari, nobody, devoid of any political sentiments, can deny the fact that President Jonathan acted very well. This has indeed earned him the accolade of a ‘great statesman’. His outright refusal to accept defeat could have had a negative repercussion on our dear country.

    • Durotimi Oye

      When you lose an election what do you do?

      • Timothy

        In PDP ideology you fight back…get protesters to cause havoc…got to court and contest the election..make sure you contest it up to Supreme Court and if that doesnt work start a media campaign to tarnish his image and make sure your opponent does not win in peace…..

        Jonathan is an exceptional man…I will give it to him for what he did…

      • Passionate about Nigeria

        Abi o. He did well and set a new standard of conceding graciously for those who lose elections but let’s not get overly excited here. He and his cronies and wife looted the treasury. If it were the UK or US, he would be in jail by now.

        • Timothy

          Yes but they say if you were doing bad and suddenly do a good deed it wipes off your bad deeds…I think

          • Passionate about Nigeria

            In which case, I wish this one good deed of GEJ would wipe off all the looting of our treasury and return all the stolen money from the oil boom years to our coffers then.

          • Timothy

            Lol…thats not going to happen bro…think of something else…that loot is payment for job done…its gone…suggest something else…I hear they want him back as president….in 2019…against PMB…guess who people will vote for?

          • Passionate about Nigeria

            Let’s keep it real – NO one will vote for GEJ outside South-South region so result will be the same. Also I doubt PDP will risk putting him forward.

          • Timothy

            You think???? Well you will be surprised at the type of society we live in…I mean someone like Ibori stole from the people…when he come into the country there was a party for him and even the governor left the govt house to visit him in his home town….what does that tell you? I dont want to speculate….PDP has zoned it to the North and they seem serious…but if what I hear in the background in South-south that he should come for his second term and that no Northerner would beat PMB except him then we will see how it plays out.

          • Passionate about Nigeria

            These things can only happen in the South-South…and that is the only region GEJ can win. And even if he wins every state in the South-South and loses in North and West he cannot win overall. He will get the same result as he hot in 2015.

        • Mizch

          Don’t forget that all the ex-PDP members accused of corruption run to APC for shelter, where scandals are easily covered up. Eg, padded budget, NIA and Ikoyi Dollars, SGF, DSS employment, NNPC, Aso Rock clinic with no syringes, Maina, etc.
          APC-Buhari stooges should hide their faces if they have a sense of shame.

          • Passionate about Nigeria

            They are all the same my brother if the new party to beat tomorrow is Abracadabra, they will all cross-carpet there!

    • Jesus is d Messenger of Allah

      So, he for stay put or what are you saying

      • bashkano

        The issue is not about being sentimental but about giving credit to where it is due. President Jonathon was a sitting President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces then. If he were to have given in to the pressures that might have been mounted on him by his supporters, those political hawks, hangerson and underdogs like the FFKs, he would have reneged on his acceptance of his defeat. He could have used all the coercive instruments under his firm control to oppose the elections results, an action that could have plunged the whole country into a very serious political instability and unimaginable chaos whose negative consequence you and I might not be able to comprehend. Mark you I am apolitical but only expressing my thought of the possible political scenario as at that time.

  • pheliciti

    Can this man kuku just wax a record….. This reminder is getting too incessant.

  • BABUYANMA

    Jonathan conceeded defeat because he and his Ibola gang have looted our treasury so bad, they thought there is no way for Nigeria to survive

  • waheed akinade shittu

    Incredible! Incredible!! Incredible!!!

  • Ajayi Ifayemi

    All these “why I conceded defeat” stuff. There only one reason to concede defeat and that is when you are defeated. Enough of this making this act look so special. When you lose you concede, period!!!

    • front man

      Pls tell him

    • KELLOGGS

      What’s all this big deal about losing election to you people?

      Jonathan also defeated Buhari in 2011 elections, don’t forget that. Buhari and Jonathan are tied 1-1 as far as victor – vanquished.

      Jonathan did not concede in 2011, when Buhari decided to fight the results of that election, and nothing happened to Jonathan.

      Therefore, I believe Jonathan, and give him credit as far as motives why he conceded before the results were finalized. Remember, that’s the argument that he is making: he is saying that anyone who loses, should concede without a protracted litigation and stuff; not that the loser should get a cookie for conceding, but that it should be done the way it’s done in developed countries. You lose, you concede graciously, and move on.

      That’s laudable.

      • Ajayi Ifayemi

        My point exactly. It should be a normal thing. Why is it not normal in Nigeria?

        • KELLOGGS

          Actually, you are making a different point; as I understand it, your concern is with Jonathan bragging about conceding, you are saying he had no option but to concede.

          We are saying something far more important : if Buhari loses, he should concede without bloodshed, or protracted litigation and rancor.

          • Ajayi Ifayemi

            Why don’t you wait until he loses. You continue to make my point. Conceding an election is normal when you lose. There is nothing extra ordinary about it. So there is value in bragging about it.

  • Sgt Soros

    Dumbass, you lost, you had no other choice but to concede!

    • front man

      Yes oooo

  • front man

    Jonathan spare us this stories of yours, you lost

  • Jesus is d Messenger of Allah

    Oga Jona, we’re tired of this ya story. He Don tey. You’ve lost, you’ve lost.
    Tell us how you’ll refund all our money wey u don chop….. You chop so tey… You give Patience, Diezzani, Fani Kayode & co.
    Abi you want make we cause you?

  • reggy

    I hope Buhari Will be gracious enough to concede defeat in 2019.

  • Mizch

    Call President GEJ any names you wish. That does not make you richer or smile under Buhari (mal)administration. You will still pay more for a litre of petrol.

  • Ginez

    Nigerias!!! Learn to appreciate the work and good minds of people who atleast love and want peace for the nation.GEJ would have use every means under him to retain power in 2015 elections but he let it go despite all the hanky panky played by the oppositions…but now what’s the outcome of the so called winner of the 2015 election……..

  • Rommel

    This was no achievement as had GEJ resisted, only three option awaited him, Becoming a neigbour to Laurent Gbagbo in Hague prisons, death or Exile, and non of these would have seen him retain power so what he did was the only sensible thing for him to do, no elected official in Nigeria who lost an election has ever retained his position, had he not conceded, his would have been a first so concedeeding was not an achievement, you lost dude, fairly and squarely so he and his disciples should get used to it