- Bello Adoke says former PDP chairman Adamu Muazu threatened to concede to Buhari, ahead of Jonathan in 2015
- Adoke said the PDP chief wanted to halt the endless wait and anxiety in the country
- However, Adoke said he feared that Muazu's motive would have been misunderstood
Ex-justice minister Bello Adoke has revealed that Ahmed Muazu, former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had wanted to announce the acceptance of the result before a decision was reached by Goodluck Jonathan during the 2015 general elections.
Speaking with Premium Times, Adoke said the PDP chief wanted to halt the endless wait and anxiety in the country before former president Jonathan was prevailed to finally place the call that ended the tense situation in the country.
According to Adoke, he feared that Muazu's motive would have been misunderstood as he was being suspected of nonchalance towards Jonathan’s campaign.
“On that day (March 31, 2015) in the morning, the PDP national chairman, Ahmed Mu’azu had come to see me in the office. He said ‘my brother, look, this is the situation on the ground. I am looking at the likely consequences of the president not conceding defeat or not doing this. In the interest of the nation, if by 5 p.m. this evening the president does not concede defeat, I as the national chairman of the PDP will concede defeat on behalf of the party," he said.
Adoke added that: “As the attorney general, a member of the national security council and as a frontline member, or if you permit me to say, part of the kitchen cabinet of Mr President, I knew the implications for the country and implications for the party. It will also further divide the gulf that existed in the country at that time."
He said that Muazu was already being viewed with a lot of suspicions that he was not committed to Jonathan’s second term election.
Going further, Adoke said Muazu’s planned concession would have escalated the Christian/Muslim dichotomy and the North/South schism in the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported Jonathan shed light into the event that led him to concede defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 presidential election.
Giving his own personal account of the circumstances around his concession, Jonathan said: “I knew what was coming the day before I called General Muhammadu Buhari. I had reports on the polls around the country. It was clear the results were not going to favour me. Apparently, there were many instances of irregularities. There were series of problems with card readers, resulting from widespread technical hitches leading to the non-uniform application throughout the country."
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