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If Jega Had Declared Jonathan Winner In 2015, There Won’t Be Democracy Today -Garba Shehu |The Republican News

Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, has hailed Attahiru Jega, former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for saving Nigeria democracy in 2015.

Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, has hailed Attahiru Jega, former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for saving Nigeria democracy in 2015..

He said Jega’s refusal to deny President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the 2015 presidential election has saved the nation’s democracy from collapsing.

Shehu, stated this while appearing on a special end of the year programme ‘2019 End Of A Decade’ on Channels Television.

Shehu maintained that there was a move by the then ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to seize power.

He said: “We thank God for Jega and the civil society activism at that time because if Jega had caved in, this democracy would have collapsed at that time.

“So, it is an interesting time that we had lived through and then, it tells a story of the resilience of our democracy and that we shouldn’t just toy with it. It didn’t come cheap, it didn’t come easy.”

The Presidential spokesman disclosed that the All Progressives Congress, APC, officials had monitored the election exercise closely.

“For us in the situation room at that time, it was an attempt to grab power or to hold on to power by regime elements or beneficiaries of the system who saw defeat staring them in the face.

“Before those results got to the INEC chairman and he announced them, you are aware that parties had representatives at the lowest of the point; the polling units and the local councils, and the states.

“They did a collation of their own and they had a sense of how or which direction things were going. So, it was obvious to those regime elements at that time that the regime was falling,” he said.

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Some PDP Governors Worked Against Me In 2015, Says Jonathan|The Republican News

Olusola Fabiyi and Ade Adesomoju, Abuja
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said some governors elected under the banner of the PDP worked against him in 2015.
Jonathan in his new book, ‘My Transition Hour’ which he publicly presented in Abuja on Tuesday, also said he was confident of winning the election based on his achievements.
“We were confident that victory was ours. We were sure of the states where we would certainly have a clear lead. We knew the states which we had a 50-50 chance and finally the states we would have the required 25 per cent to satisfy the provisions of law,” he said in the book.
He added, “Obviously and with the benefit of hindsight,  I have come to be aware of the intrigue that played a significant role in costing my party and I the election.
“For instance, there were governors elected under the banner of my party, the Peoples Democratic Party, who did not wholeheartedly campaign for me and adamantly refused to allow campaign posters with my picture and theirs to be printed and circulated.
“In fact, a particular first-term governor in the North had openly said his ideal scenario was to have him re-elected and my opponent elected President.
“This same governor told his aides that I would be removed in a coup. Unfortunately for him, his wishes did not come to pass and he ended up not being elected.”
Jonathan also said that there was a tremendous measure of religious pressure on members of the party in the north.
While saying it was not a fresh factor, he, however, warned that “it is one militating against entrenching the ethos of democracy. For as long as people could be persuaded or harassed into falling in line by deploying religious as an instrument of politics, our goals for promoting democracy pull prove difficult.”   (Punch)

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