President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday confessed that his resolve to back down after losing the Presidential election which held in March 28 was spurred by his fear that crises of unimaginable proportion which engulfed some African countries after elections could resonate in Nigeria.
He said his decision was meant to further the peace and tranquility that his regime has always aspire to maintain in Nigeria.
Jonathan added that he conceded defeat to the All Progressives Congress (APC) mainly because he wanted to prevent the possibility of an outbreak of crises which ruptured the peace of some African countries after holding their elections.
He listed the countries as Cote’D Ivoire, Mali, Guinea Bissau, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Central African Republic and others which went up in flames owing to insistence by the incumbent Presidents to hold on to power despite protests and opposition to their leadership after general elections in the respective countries.
Some few days before the Presidential election, former President Olusegun Obasanjo had warned Jonathan of his possibility of facing the ordeal of defeated former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, and had asked him to tread softly with the 2015 Presidential election.
Gbagbo who was humiliated out of office in the heat of a civil war in his country sparked by his failure to hand over to the winner of the presidential election in Ivory Coast, Alhassan Quatara is now facing prosecution at the International Court of Justice in Hague on alleged war crimes.
Jonathan said he was a key factor in the resolution of crises in the troubled African countries and hence,could not imagine that leaders of other countries will be taking turn to visit Nigeria to resolve whatever crises might have generated from the outcome of the 2015 general election in Nigeria.
He said by allowing such untoward development in Nigeria with the general election, he would have succeeded in diminishing the country, adding, “I will not be a party to that”
The outgoing President said these in Abuja during a Grand House Reception organised in his honour by the Daar Communications Company last night.
He said he would continue to advocate for peace and unity of Nigeria even after leaving the office, adding, “We have always have a nation before becoming President, or before becoming a Senator. At whatever level of politics, people should always come first”
Jonathan who said he had no regret for taking the action he took, shortly after the presidential election, urged the incoming government to be headed by General Muhammadu Buhari to sustain the drive by his government for peace.
He said he would not have any worry about governance in Nigeria after leaving office because the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the APC have always been the same.
Jonathan added that he was convinced that the two parties share many things in common because most members of the APC today were formerly in the PDP.