In a live media chat with the President, held on Wednesday, in-order to mitigate the tension generated by the postponement of the 2015 general elections and an alleged plot to sack the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, Mr Goodluck Jonathan disclosed to a panel of interviewers that he was not desperate to remain in power. Punch Report.
He said such “insinuations and wrong information” were meant to discredit him by his political opponents.
He further disclosed that, “Let me assure Nigerians that a new government will be formed on May 29. They should not be perturbed about rumours that we are planning to send Jega on a terminal leave and other rubbish that is being circulated.
“In 2011, I said I will conduct a free and fair election and that if I lose, I will happily move on and that it should be recorded.
“Then I just concluded the late President Umaru Yar’Adua’s tenure. I said I will be happy to go if I lose. I said this nation is more important than anybody. Anyone who wants to hold the office of President and feels he is more important than the nation is not right.
“So if as of 2011, I made a commitment that if I lose I will go, it should tell you more about my stand on free and fair elections.
“But now, Nigerians have given me the opportunity to be here for four good years and so if the elections are conducted and I lose, of course, we will inaugurate a new government.
“The rumour that I will not hand over or that I am scheming to prolong my tenure are insinuations; they are not true. Those are insinuations; it is quite unfortunate that so much wrong information is floating in the system.”
Mr president blamed the claim by Jega that INEC was ready for the elections. He said the information given to him by security chiefs was that poor distribution of Permanent Voter Cards could have caused a security challenge in the country.