How President Jonathan, PDP Chieftains Averted National Crisis (DETAILS)

How President Jonathan, PDP Chieftains Averted National Crisis (DETAILS)

By News Desk | The Trent on April 5, 2015
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Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria's president, pauses during a session on the opening day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. | Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

An inside source close to the Presidency has revealed that the outcome of the Saturday, March 28, 2015 presidential election would have ended in utter chaos, save for the efforts of President Goodluck Jonathan and Ahmadu Ali, the Director-General of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign organisation.

According  to the source who spoke to Vanguard, President Jonathan stood against all acts of violence before, during and after the election.

The source said: “In Jonathan’s reckoning, as well as Ahmadu Ali, even though there were irregularities in the North and South, the peace and stability of Nigeria was far more important.”

The source further revealed that the reason for the sportsmanlike gesture of President Jonathan was to dismiss the perception that the PDP was attempting to manipulate the electoral process, as well as put the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadershp on its toes.

“It was agreed that congratulating the APC and General Buhari ahead of time would force the APC to begin to focus more on the transition and governance than on politicking,” the source added.

To this end, the source said “a meeting of the PDP Campaign Organization and the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party was called last Tuesday afternoon.”

He said it was at this meeting that President Jonathan and Ali made their views known.

He further said: “All through the campaigns, it would have been noticed that Ali cautioned against the use of incendiary words and Ali was never heard using hate language all through the campaign. Ali helped to properly organise and structure the campaign. Ali also worked tirelessly with other leaders of the party like the BoT Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih, to bring together the many tendencies within the party for unity.”

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