Nobody forced me to concede electoral victory to Buhari – GEJ
Contrary to the initial claims by some Nigerians that GEJ was pressured to concede defeat during the 2015 general elections, the former president said on Saturday that he took the decision out of his own volition devoid of any pressure or persuasion.
He made the statement in a speech at Bingham University Nasarawa state, where he alongside former military Head of state Yakubu Gowon were conferred with honourary doctorate degrees.
He said he took the decision to save the nation from state of anarchy that would have ensued after the elections saying no one’s political ambition worth the blood of any Nigerian.
In his words, ‘’It is my belief that no one’s political ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian. And I am fulfilled knowing that my conceding while the votes were still being compiled, which was born out of my personal principles and convictions, is generating positive impact in other nations.
Let me make it clear, that I was not persuaded to do so by anyone within or outside the country. I know it was the right thing to do. My mantra “my ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian” is my vow. It was not just a political slogan.
One of the reason I convened the 2014 National Conference was to come up with a polity devoid of tension and crisis. A polity that will bring unity to this country. A polity that will not divide us along tribal, ethnic or religious lines.”