PRESIDENT JONATHAN EXHIBITS SPIRIT OF SPORTSMANSHIP, SAFES NIGERIA FROM POSSIBLE CHAOS AS HE CONCEDES DEFEAT TO OPPOSITION

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Against the expectations of many political watchers, analysts and average Nigerians that there was going to be chaos either way the result of the presidential election held in Nigeria on March 28, 2015 went. This apprehension could largely be put on the door step of the campaign of hate embarked upon by the ruling party and some unconfirmed news making the rounds that the sitting president will not relinquish power to the candidate of the major opposition, All Progressive Congress’s Gen. Mohammodu Buhari rtd.

There were speculations that, the sitting government, having discovered that it was becoming somewhat unpopular, wanted to frustrate the laid down electoral process and in the stead of the election install an interim government upon its exit. The news elicited varied reactions from Nigerians and members of the international community, they all were against the idea of an interim government. They pressure covertly or overtly forced the ruling government to subject itself to the will and wish of the people and therefore went ahead with the election.

The elections were conducted largely with the use of Permanent Voter Card and card reader to check electoral fraud as was obtained in the previous elections in the country. Pockets of violence were recorded in some states, it however did not take the shine out of the process as a whole.

The announcement commenced with the two major parties having a head to head lead, however the tide turned in favour of the opposition in the second round of the announcement and it stayed like that till the end.

While streets and highways was deserted for the possible outbreak of violence after the final result would be read, President Jonathan surprised Nigerians by calling on the obvious winner of the poll to congratulate him. That singular feat doused the tension in the polity and every Nigerians could heave a sigh of relief and indeed bless GOD for averting what would have been a major disaster  in Africa most populous country.

 

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