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Why Jonathan could have annulled 2015 election- Don by Everest(m) : 6:30 pm On Dec 29, 2016
Professor Nkem Onyekpe, a Professor of History and Strategic Studies at the University of Lagos, UNILAG, Akoka, has advanced reasons former President Goodluck Jonathan could have questioned and even annulled the presidential election held on March 28, 2015.
Onyekpe categorically argued that as a then sitting president of Nigeria, Jonathan had no fewer than five valid grounds upon which he could have predicted an objection to the processes and outcomes of the election, which both local and international communities, described as a major test to the country’s fledgling democracy.
Jonathan casting his vote at the 2015 Presidential election
He, however, extolled Jonathan for accepting the results of the election and also placed a telephone call across to congratulate his major rival, General Muhammadu Buhari.
In a-47 page lecture entitled, “The Anioma Nation and Democratic Consolidation in Delta State,” Onyekpe predicated his first argument on the suspicious creation of more polling centres in the northern part of the country without a commensurate establishment of such additional centres in the southern divide of the country.
He maintained that when it was clear that voter’s cards were not available for many registered voters in the strongholds of Jonathan in the South South and South East geopolitical zones and “when the card reader severally rejected him, his wife and his mother, the ex-president could have taken actions that would have jeopardized the electoral process.”
Onyekpe, who spoke at Ejeme-Aniogor, Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State, during the fourth biennial public lecture/grand civic reception in honour of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, averred that Jonathan could have sounded the alarm when it became “obvious that while the ‘educationally backward’ or ‘less developed’ states of the North did not have or had only few voided votes, the ‘educational highly developed’ states of the South had many voided votes.”
Onyekpe insisted that Jonathan could have towed the ignoble path of annulling the 2015 presidential polls, “when his supporters cried foul at the management of the presidential election by the electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)” and other agencies involved in the contest.
The don said Jonathan was not an opportunist and, therefore, refused to explore the advantage of his incumbency to the detriment of the entire country.
“He did not tear his voter’s card! Instead, he pleaded with the entire nation for understanding and cooperation with the INEC. He avoided the Machiavellian path. He chose, instead, the path of peace and honour.
“In good conscience, he listened to the inner voice of reason, wisdom, and courage, and conceded victory to his major rival, General Muhammadu Buhari, and congratulated him well before the conclusion of the election.
“He could not as a president affords to preside over the violent dismemberment of the Nigerian nation as ‘dog and baboon’ soak in blood. It must be emphasized that within the limit of our knowledge, this singular action of Goodluck Jonathan as President of Nigeria and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the nation, was hitherto unprecedented in world modern history”.
He, however, called on leaders in the country to “imbibe the exemplary transcendental pacificist spirit and attitude of Goodluck Jonathan,” adding that “Jonathan’s action should serve as a timely lesson for all leaders.”
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