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Revealed: How Ahmadu Ali made Jonathan concede victory

Posted: Apr 5, 2015 at 7:19 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Sola Alabadan News Editor

Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, may have become an instant hero of the March 28 Presidential election for conceding victory to the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates, Muhammadu Buhari, before results were officially declared.

President, Goodluck Jonathan

President, Goodluck Jonathan

Facts have, however, emerged that the man behind the president’s heroic action is former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmadu Ali.

According to information made available to Sunday Independent, Ali prevailed on Jonathan’s to accept defeat and the follow up phone call.

It was gathered that even though results from the fields had indicated that Buhari was enjoying a comfortable lead, the PDP chief were undaunted following their conviction that the election was characterised by irregularities in the North and South, and were preparing to launch a showdown with the opposition.

Sources said it was the party’s belief that given the high incidence of alleged under-age voting in the North and purported disenfranchisement in the South West, the outcome of the exercise might not have stood the test of time, should they go ahead to press for redress.

This notion, it was gathered, was what most of the party chieftains in Abuja had while the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Attahiru Jega, was announcing results from the states on Tuesday.

But, the President and Ali thought otherwise, as they considered what would happen to the nation if he (Jonathan) had refused to accept defeat.

Consequently, a meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) and campaign organisation of the party, was summoned at the instance of Ali.

At the meeting, which was well attended, it was learnt that the unfolding situation was reviewed, leading to Ali’s counsel for the PDP to concede defeat.

That resulted in the now famous congratulatory phone call the President made to Buhari at little past on Tuesday.

The timing, a presidency source said, was made for so many reasons, including among others, the need to douse tension on both sides and to get the All Progressives Congress (APC) focus on transition than politicking.

The former PDP chairman was also said to have helped create a synergy between the Villa and the Campaign Directorate.

Alongside other party leaders like Tony Anenih, Ali reportedly ensured that the campaign directorate did not derail from its focus.

Reliable sources at the presidency confirmed the story, but added that the action of former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, also accounted for the reason Jonathan accepted the defeat, as the former minister’s action threw the country into chaos.