Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, in a lecture titled ‘African Politics: The Dynamics and Lessons,’ which he delivered today in the UK, appealed to President Buhari to emulate former President Goodluck Jonathan and accept defeat if he loses in 2019.
Ike Ekweremadu, who also warned President Buhari of the consequences of “manipulating” the 2019 election, advised him to provide a level-playing ground and show uncommon statesmanship in 2019 presidential election.
Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan put Nigeria on the global map as a leading democratic nation when he put in everything to ensure a free and fair election, in which he not only lost the presidential poll as an incumbent, but also willingly conceded defeat. In fact, he called the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, and congratulated him even before the announcement of the final results.
In addition, neither former President Jonathan nor the PDP challenged the outcome of the election in court. Therefore, to whom much is given, much is also expected. The onus is now on President Buhari to likewise provide a level-playing ground and show uncommon statesmanship if he and his party lose the 2019 presidential election. That way, Africa’s biggest democracy will further entrench the culture of peaceful and smooth transfer of power from a ruling party to the opposition in both Nigeria and Africa.” he said
President Buhari has been under fire lately, as former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called for a movement to replace him.
According to Former President Olusegun Obasanjo in the press release, President Buhari should be sent back to Katsina to look after his health after 2019, because he has not solved the questions surrounding unemployment, the economy and corruption.
According to Chief Obasanjo “The situation that made Nigerians to vote massively to get my brother Jonathan off the horse is playing itself out again.”
He therefore called for a mass movement of Nigerians to remove him in 2019, advising that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was not an option either.