Some members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have lavished outgoing Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan with affront for insinuating that President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, did not fairly win the March 28 presidential election, describing him as a ‘bad loser’.
The party also urged Jonathan to ask for forgiveness from Nigerians who dumped him at the March 28 poll due to bad governance and quit the whole public sympathy.
If we recall, shortly after receiving the report of the Ahmadu Ali-led PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation at the Presidential Villa on Thursday, the President had said himself and his party had to accept the outcome of the poll as a sacrifice to keep the country together.
According to him, “The PDP is still the dominant party. If you look at the results, the difference is just 2.5 million votes and if you look at the areas, where it is perceived that the PDP scored so low, the PDP couldn’t have got those kind of scores but the elections are over, so the country first.
“It is not as if Jonathan alone made the sacrifice, it is all of us. I made the pronouncement but some of us are paying the price. Some people pay more price than I do, I know how some of you are already be ing persecuted and the kind of situation facing you.”
However, in reaction to the above statement, a chieftain of the APC, Senator J. K. N. Waku said Jonathan was only crying foul where there was none, stressing that “he was defeated by Buhari fair and square.”
The Benue-born politician said, “why did Jonathan rush to accept defeat if he knew that Buhari didn’t have a clear victory? The fact that he conceded defeat early has shot up his public image, but his recent statements are only confirming to the world that he is not the person he was trying to convince the world he is. His claim is shocking. Obviously, he acted contrary to the dictate of his mind, the real him. He should stop being a cry cry loser.”
In the same vein, National Vice Chairman of APC (North-east), Engr. David Lawal wondered why President Jonathan would cry foul after he publicly conceded defeat. He declared that contrary to Jonathan’s claims, results from South-south and South-east were inflated to favour the PDP.
“The man was roundly defeated. People are prais ing him for conceding defeat. What was he supposed to do? He was defeated in an election and what he did was not extra-ordinary. He did not have any option, but to accept the out come of the elections. There is no big deal in the fact that Goodluck Jonathan accepted defeat. Nigeria is a funny country,” he said.