Atiku is at liberty to challenge presidential election result in court - Jonathan

Atiku is at liberty to challenge presidential election result in court - Jonathan

Former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has said it is unfair for people to expect PDP presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, to accept defeat.

Jonathan, in a statement to Premium Times, said although he conceded the 2015 election, it would be unfair to expect Atiku to do the same in 2019.

The former president in his statement said: “It is not right for anybody to compare Jonathan’s decision in 2015 with Atiku’s position in 2019 because they are two different scenarios.

“In 2015, I was a sitting president, although INEC is an independent body, every structure of government still operates under the president one way or the other.”

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“So I was a president and INEC conducted the elections under my watch. Atiku was not a sitting president and if he or the party feels that things were not done right, of course they are at liberty to challenge it in court.”

Jonathan also added that the economy of Nigeria was strong and stable under his administration as compared to the claims by opposition.

He said: “Nigeria was the number one destination for foreign direct investment under my tenure. We were rated the biggest economy in Africa. We transformed the agricultural sector and brought the nation closer towards food self-sufficiency.

“Our currency was stable and inflationary pressure was kept at single digit. We may not have been comfortable with the exchange rate of less than N200 to the dollar at that time but I can tell you that the economy was stable.

“The stability we had ensured that business people and investors could plan because you were sure of the exchange rate and the cost of your goods at any point in time, whether you were exporting or importing. Economically you could say that Nigeria was stable and strong."

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that Jonathan emerged as chairperson of the newly inaugurated International Summit Council for Peace (ISCP).

The former president got the position on Friday, June 7 at a conference tagged ‘Africa Summit and Leaders Conference 2019’ in South Africa.

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