#NigeriaDecides: President Jonathan congratulates President-Elect Buhari

By Ayoola Mudasiru March 31, 2015 19:01

#NigeriaDecides: President Jonathan congratulates President-Elect Buhari

Though the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is yet to formally announce the winner of the 2015 presidential elections, the incumbent president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Goodluck Jonathan, has reportedly called the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari, and congratulated him on being the president-elect.

Though INEC is yet to officially announce Buhari as the winner, results pulled from 35 states and the Federal Capital territory, FCT, put Buhari comfortably ahead of the incumbent, Jonathan. With only Borno to go, it is clear that Buhari will cinch Nigeria’s highest office.

The APC presidential campaign office confirmed Jonathan’s call and said he and Buhari spoke for about 6 minutes. Apart from conceding to Buhari, it cannot be confirmed what the duo talked about.

Buhari, in the three times that he has lost elections, has never at any point neither congratulated nor conceded to any candidate. he has always protested and challenged the electoral process even when internal observes adjudged the process to be free and fair.

Jonathan is poised to be forever remembered in Nigeria’s history for organizing the best elections Nigeria has ever witnessed. Unlike former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, the President made no moves to enforce his will on the Nation, by manipulating the electoral process.

One infamous author and social commentator, Elnathan John, tweeted prior to the call, “Dear Goodluck Jonathan, Go for glory. Be the guy who let democracy happen. Twitter may insult you today. But history will be kind. Hugs.”

Jonathan has gone for glory and has chosen to let democracy happen. History indeed will forever remember the boy from humble beginnings who attained the highest office in Nigeria, and thus gave every Nigerian hope that they too can become great with hardwork and commitment.​