President Goodluck Jonathan’s concession to defeat in the recently concluded presidential elections redefined the political trajectory of Nigerians elections.
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s concession to defeat in the recently concluded presidential elections conferred credibility to the polls and redefined the political trajectory ofNigerians elections.
The Independent National Electoral Commission yesterday made this declaration stressing that the statesman posture of Goodluck Jonathan in conceding to President Muhammadu Buhari before the official declaration of the presidential election result by the commission was responsible for the absence of litigation after the presidential poll.
The Commission further stated that the noble stance of the former President permeated the whole process of local and international acceptability.
According to the Commission the fact that the election was reportedly adjudged transparent and credible also informed why the result was not contested.
The revelation is contained in the 2015 General Elections Report, which was yesterday presented to the public at the Electoral Institute in Abuja.
The report states that “What stood out, in bold relief, about the 2015 General Elections is that, for the first time since 1999, the outcome of the presidential election, held on March 28, 2015, was uncontested in court.
This can be attributed to two principal factors: the fact that the election was generally adjudged to be transparent and credible and second, the historic concession made by the incumbent president, even before the official declaration of the presidential election result by the commission”
Acting chairman of INEC, Hajiya Amina Zakari, who spoke at the public presentation ofthe report also noted that the number of election petitions is on the decline after the 2007 general elections.
Zakari explained that the number of petitions which stood at 1290 af^ the 2007 elections went down to 611 following the 2015 general elections.
“The number of election petitions after the 2007 general elections stood at a whopping 1290; after the 2011 general elections, the number came down by almost half, with a total of 732 election petitions filed; following the 2015 general elections, the number of
petitions further scaled down to 611. It is therefore expected that the incidence ofnullified elections will be correspondingly low” Za- kari said.
The Report identified operations and logistics, Amendments of legal framework and Voter Education and publicity was an integral challenge that confronted the Commission in its discharge of duties.
The report contained in a 232 pages document of nine chapters, is the first in the history of Nigeria to be produced three months after an election the Independent National Electoral Commission said.
– Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja