“I always say that I reformed the democratic process as President in order to consolidate democracy in Nigeria and the sub-region. I conceded defeat without a fight because I wanted to set a standard for our democracy, going forward."

Former President Goodluck Jonathan said this at the sixth edition of African Ambassadors’ Interactive Forum and Dinner, organised by the African Third Sector Resource in Abuja.

The former president said by conceding defeat before the 2015 election result was declared, he proved a point that election-related litigations should no longer define Nigeria’s democracy.

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He said, “My aim then was to change the narrative and prove that election-related litigations should no longer define Nigeria’s democracy. People must not always go to court and obtain judgments before elections in Nigeria are declared conclusive.

“We don’t get to hear about such court cases in mature democracies. I wanted us to get to that point in our democratic experience. I thought that it won’t be out of place if we get to that stage where those who lost elections will be able to congratulate those who won.”

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