Former head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar, has said that former president Goodluck Jonathan showed that he loves Nigeria more than power when he conceded defeat in 2015. Abubakar said this today at the launch of ‘My Transition Hours’, a book written by the former President to commemorate his sixty-first birthday.
At the last general election, Jonathan called President Muhammadu Buhari, the then candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to concede before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the final tally. Jonathan has earned praised from many people over the gesture.
In the same vein, the former head of state said the former president has become an example not just in Nigeria alone, but also in Africa.
On his part, John Mahama, former president of Ghana, said he was not surprised when Jonathan conceded defeat as the election was not a life and death situation to Jonathan. Also speaking, Bashir Yuguda, a former minister of state for finance, said Jonathan chose a path of honour.
Meanwhile, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, caused quite a stir when he made an appearance at the book launch. Oshiomhole’s arrival elicited laughter from those who were already seated in the hall, while many were evidently shocked. Jonathan got up to receive him and both men embraced and shook hands. The stir took about nine minutes to subside.
Oshiomhole and the APC are accustomed to criticizing Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over their handling of the country’s affairs in the last 16 years.