Why I Decided Not To Talk About 2019 Presidential Election Result – Obasanjo

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Why I Decided Not To Talk About 2019 Presidential Election Result – Obasanjo



Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has simply revealed why he has decided not make any comment on the outcome of the 2019 presidential election.

Prior to the elections , Mr Obasanjo backed the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) , Atiku Abubakar , but unfortunately the incumbent , President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) won.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Mr Buhari as the winner with 15 , 191 , 847 votes. Mr Abubakar garnered 11 , 262 , 978 votes.


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Mr Abubakar has challenged the result in court. It was reported On Monday that he gathered a team of lawyers at the Court of Appeal , who are currently working on the processes of filing the petition.

Mr Obasanjo , however , said speaking about the election would be ”subjudice.”

The former president spoke on Tuesday at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre Abuja , at the launch of a book written by Abdullahi Shehu , titled ”Election in Nigeria: The Long Road To Democracy.”

The event attracted the presence of dignitaries , including a former Head of State , Yakubu Gowon; human right activist , Femi Falana; a former deputy president of the Senate , Ibrahim Mantu; Chido Onumah , author of ‘We Are All Biafrans” , among many others.

”I will not dabble into the details of what I call current aspect of Prof Shehu’s book because since the emphasis was on the national election , particularly the presidential election , and the presidential election is now taken to court , ” Mr Obasanjo said.

”I think talking about it would become subjudicive ,

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because it has been taken to court , ” he added.

Mr Obasanjo , also , spoke on Mr Shehu’s book.

”The book discusses the election and electoral processes in Nigeria including why there must be a free fair transparent and credible election as predictive autumn of the country.

”It reviews the main factors that led to the defeat of the PDP in 2015 , and how the APC mismanaged the victory. The main thrust of the book is a comparative analysis of the APC Next Level and the PDP ” Let’s Get Nigeria Working Again” , he added.


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Mr Obasanjo said the author had done justice in reviewing the bedrock of a democratic government.

”I think from the review , you would see that the author had done justice in what he set out to achieve

”In the introduction in which election is the bedrock of a democratic government , all modern democracy and old elections , not all elections are truly democratic. The measure of a democratic election is that it is transparent fair , credible and acceptable

”The problem is who determines these outcomes in the election? And that is where the concerns about a sustainable democracy arises and sustainable democracy , if an election is fundamental and basic to democracy and good governance.”

The former president further reviewed the part highlighted in the book , as ”Election Integrity.”


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He described an election without integrity as a ”farce”

”Then we go to the other part and very important part in which Prof Shehu highlighted very much in this book , and that is election integrity. Without integrity , any election is a farce.

”In this regard , an election can futher enhance democracy , security , human right and freedom , ” he said.

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