'Jonathan, PDP were mentally unprepared for 2015 elections loss' - President says

Buhari said the last elections heralded the first real transition in the history of Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari and former president Goodluck Jonathan at a peace treaty meeting prior to Nigeria's March 28 and April 11, 2015 general election.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that former President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were mentally unprepared for the massive loss they witnessed in the last general elections.

The President stated this on Monday, November 16, at an event on Strengthening Nigeria’s Transition Framework for Democratic Consolidation organized by the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

Speaking through the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a keynote address entitled: “The Challenges of Transition in Nigeria and the Imperatives for a New Framework," Buhari said the last elections heralded the first real transition in the history of Nigeria.

He said; “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.”

The Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung, also recalled that Buhari's transition committee was offered only N20m which was turned down because it was inadequate to take care of its expenses.


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