Why Jonathan Handed Power To Buhari - Ex-Minsters

Why Jonathan Handed Power To Buhari - Ex-Minsters

Dr. Abubakar Sulaiman, the immediate past minister of National Planning on Sunday, November 29, disclosed why former president Goodluck Jonathan decided to hand over power to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Why Jonathan Handed Power To Buhari - Ex-Minsters
Abubakar Sulaiman

Sulaiman said Jonathan took the decision in order to save the lives of many Nigerians.

The former minister explained further that Jonathan had enough evidence to remove former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega but decided not to take such action.

Sulaiman made this disclosure when he delivered a paper on 2015 power transition in Nigeria at the annual Zink dinner lecture/award in Abuja.

He noted that contrary to what most people think, there were cases of compromise by INEC, Vanguard reports.

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Sulaiman said: “Few months to the general elections, there were calls from some quarters for the sack of the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attairu Jega.

“There were sufficient grounds for such calls but President Goodluck maintained a position that taking such decision would altercate the process and create an impression which only an insider would understand. There were indeed cases of compromise on the part of the commission, but as the president so wished, let the sleeping dog lies.

“Invariably, the decision to maintain the status quo in the commission by the administration was one decision that further led credence to the peaceful outcome of the electoral process. We must not forget that the president in his exercise of his constitutional power has the authority to fire the chairman and replace him with any of the National Commissioners to preside over the commission.

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“Nobody should be on the illusion that the president lacked the gut to exercise such power. After all, Gen. Babangida annulled the June 12 election, thereby depriving Chief M.K.O Abiola of his awaiting victory.

“It is within context of this remarkable gesture and unparallel leadership style of the president that I found it disturbing when the APC led government sometimes grudgingly acknowledged this fact or believed that it was the external pressure that accounted for such political accomplishment.”

He pointed out that former president could use his incumbency factor to scuttle Buhari’s election if he so wishes .

The extent to which a political transition is peaceful and credible depends largely on variance of factors. We have however demonstrated the import of leadership factor has been consequential to the outcome of any electoral process. Is it the leadership that was out to tame the process or the one that respect the sanctity of the electoral body and other agencies?

“This paper has successfully argued that more than any government in the past, the Jonathan administration has demonstrated penchant for rule of law, freedom and untainted electoral process.

“The power of a president is such that if he had wanted to truncate the process or manipulate it, he could have,” the ex-minister concluded.

Source: Legit.ng

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