President Muhammadu Buhari has on Monday, November 16, stated that his predecessor, ex-president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were not mentally prepared for the defeat they suffered during the 2015 general elections.
According to him, the lack of mental preparedness was made manifest in the failure of the Jonathan government to put in place the necessary structures for transition, stressing that this nearly led to a national crisis.
The President made this known through the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a keynote address delivered at an event on Strengthening Nigeria’s Transition Framework for Democratic Consolidation organized by the National Democratic Institute, NDI.
The speech was entitled ‘the Challenges of Transition in Nigeria and the Imperatives for a New Framework’.
“Our experience in the last transition process was unique despite the fact that we have held many general elections and transitioned from one government to another. Indeed, the last election heralded the first real transition in the history of our nation, being the first time that an opposition party will sweep the ruling party out of power,” Buhari said.