- Dr. Goodluck Jonathan says he is proud of the legacy he left for Nigeria in 2015
- The former Nigerian president said his loss to an opposition candidate is a testament to his government's electoral reforms
- Jonathan opined that a credible electoral process is fundamental to making Nigeria's democracy work
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said the biggest legacy he left for Nigeria is an improved electoral system.
Jonathan, 61, stated this in an interview with Premium Times published on Friday, October 11.
The Bayelsa-born politician said his personal loss in the 2019 presidential election is a win for Nigeria, due to the improved electoral system he ensured came to fruition during his time in power.
He said he left a legacy of a tremendously improved electoral system, “to such an extent that I, as an incumbent lost to an opposition candidate.
He continued: “I had every instrument of state coercion at my disposal to undermine and compromise the electoral process to my incumbent advantage but I refused to do such because I placed the interest of Nigeria ahead of my personal interest.”
Asked what lessons he took from the 2015 and 2019 elections regarding Nigeria's democracy, Jonathan said Nigeria should strive for improvements in its electoral processes.
He noted that a credible electoral process is fundamental to making democracy work for the country.
“Wherein the people are sufficiently empowered enough to choose or reject their political leadership, it serves as an incentive for good governance,” he added.
Meanwhile, a research team led by former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega has rated the 8th National Assembly as the most productive legislative house in the history of Nigeria.
This was contained in a study undertaken by YIAGA Africa Centre for Legislative Engagement (YIAGA-CLE) and supported by the European Union and the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria.
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