Finally, Abdusalami’s committee reveals why Jonathan conceded defeat in 2015

JonathanThe National Peace Committee, which closely monitored proceedings of the 2015 presidential elections, has given graphic details of the events leading to the historic concession by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The committee, headed by Former Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar, gave the details in its report presented in Abuja last week.

The committee’s report did not indicate that any of the presidential aides or ministers prevailed on the former president to make the historic concession.

It also stated that the committee did not put pressure on Jonathan to concede the election.

Earlier accounts of the election had indicated that some ministers and presidential aides played roles in prompting Jonathan to make the concession.

Jonathan’s book, My Transition Hours, also indicated that the decision by the former president to concede to President MuhammaduBuhari was a voluntary decision.

According to the report of Abdulsalami Abubakar’s Peace CommitteeW: “The Peace Agreement of March 26, 2015, which was signed barely 48 hours to the presidential elections, undoubtedly helped douse tensions across the country.

“With the campaigns formally over, things were relatively quiet as Nigerians waited anxiously for actual voting to begin. And as voting got underway on Saturday, March 28, the Secretariat of the Peace Committee working with local and foreign election observer groups continued to monitor developments in the field to determine if and where the Committee’s intervention may be needed.”

It added: “Despite administrative hiccups in some areas and sporadic violence in others, the elections were largely peaceful and within two days, the official results began to trickle in from the States. By late afternoon of Tuesday, March 31, only two States Yobe and Bornu were yet to announce their results.”

The committee further reported: “And with the result of the election all but certain, the Committee in the evening of March 31 requested audience with President Jonathan at the Villa.

“As it awaited confirmation for the meeting with the President, the Committee Chairman General Abdulsaiam A Abubakar, GCFR also put a call through to General Buhari who informed him that President Jonathan had only minutes earlier called to concede the elections.

“He particularly asked the committee to please convey his good wishes to President Jonathan for his great act of statesmanship.

“Shortly after, members of the Committee who were greatly relieved headed to the Villa where they met privately with President Jonathan and thanked him for his great courage and unprecedented act for which history would remember him.

“As the Committee members left the Villa, they were accosted by the State House Press and in a brief exchange the Chairman explained that the Committee had come to thank President Jonathan for his great act of patriotism and statesmanship in conceding the elections.”

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    This testimony from Abdulsalami should be enough to shut the mouths of the propagandists and liars for as long as the memories of the 2015 elections last.

    When a good man does his good deeds, no amount of hate narratives from the opposite in character can succeed in manipulating such deeds.

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    A. NigerDock is the largest ship fabrication yard in West Africa sub region. When it was sold, its Ex-MD Engr. Nkpubre Okon, openly stated how “Mr Job Creator” ignored the Transport Ministry then to Open bid for NigerDock.

    Atiku’s preferred bidder, ‘Global Energy’ that agreed to increase NigerDock’s workforce from 4,800 to 6,000 as part of privatization agreement dismissed 2,200 immediately it took ownership. Jagal Group that took over after Global Energy lost out on power play also sacked 1,400.

    B. Nigeria Port Authority reform was purely contrived to grab landed properties. 10,000 workers were sacked & 133 bids opened for NPA properties consisting of 68 properties in Apapa, 28 houses in Ikoyi. The highest reserves bid was for a property in Ikoyi fixed at N390.4 Million.

    Did Atiku forget how 7000 railway workers were sacked in 2005 without compensation to reduce its workforce to 6,300? Another 1,260 were fired in 2006. When ATIKU and his Headmaster were leaving in 2007, they left ~N5 Billion in unpaid Railway pension arrears.

    In 2006, Babalakin’s Resort Ltd acquired this 15 storeys prime asset overgrown with weeds from atiku and OBJ through a Development Lease Agreement (DLA) for N7.2Billion. A Court has asked Buhari to pay N54 Billion to Babalakin for that blunder.

    The DLA, dated October 10, 2006, granted Babalakin Resort Ltd a 99-years lease to redevelop the Federal Secretariat complex, that OBJ & ATIKU had abandoned for 7 years into 480 luxury apartments. This was at the eve of their departure from government. The transaction was one for the road.

    The DLA hit the rocks when Lagos State Govt in the interest of the public indicated willingness in acquiring the Federal Secretariat complex. LASG insisted it should be accorded right of first refusal since LASG is the Issuing Authority of the C of O, coupled with other reasons.

    Finally, lets compare OBJ & Atiku’s first 3yrs in power to the first 3yrs of PMB that hasn’t retrenched one civil servant, but has bailed out states on salaries. Lets not forget Atiku was in charge of the economy and OBJ gave him free hand until Galaxy Backbone scandal happened.

    In 2002, first 3yrs of the Obasanjo/Atiku, manufacturing accounts for 6% of GDP. Nigeria’s GDP fell by half for d first time in 20yrs. This was d year all textile factories in Nigeria closed down and unemployment was 28% within d formal sector alone; I repeat, alone!!

    In 2002, UN estimated that 70% of Nigerians live below poverty line compared to 48.5% in 1998 under a military rule. Life expectancy fell from 54yrs to 51yrs. Two-fifth of every child below age 5 were malnourished and only 50% of the 128Million Nigerians have access to clean water.


    Please any or all ATIKU supporters or his campaign structure are free to deny these submission with facts not sentiments.

    “As Head of National Council on Privatization (NCP), from 1999, atiku dug Nigeria’s economic grave for today’s extreme poverty and unemployment.

    There were over 600 federal assets when Atiku’s NCP started selling.

    Atiku should tell us who bought what and what was left for the country when he left power.
    To who did Atiku sell the following companies:

    Eleme Petrochemical
    Daily Times
    Ughelli Power
    Egbin Power
    NICON Insurance
    Transcorp Hilton Hotel
    NICON Luxury Hotel
    Sunti Sugar Ltd
    NetCom House
    Bacita Sugar Ltd

    In 2007, Onigbolo Cement operating at 500,000 tonnes per annum was sold to Dangote at N1.7Bn ?

    To those selling Atiku, let me remind you of Senate public hearing of August, 2011 which succinctly captures how Atiku through retinue of cohorts, fronts, shell companies, ring fenced over 70% of FG’s assets through a brazen daylight robbery privatization that he supervised.

    This is nothing sensational. Its real life facts and all the Senators are alive today.

    The 2011 privatization Senate committee was made up of Senator Ahmed Lawan – Chairman, Senators Babafemi Ojudu, Philip Aduda, Mohammed Ndume, Ifeanyi Okowa, Hope Uzodinma and Mohammadu Magoro.

    Lets look at Aluminium Smelting Company, ALSCON, that Atiku privatized.

    ALSCON which Nigeria built with $3.2 billion, was sold to a Russian firm, Russal, for $130million. As of the time of sale, ALSCON had received $120million for the dredging of Imo River, but was never done.

    When the Senate Seating of August, 2011 asked the Russian company the whereabouts of the $120million dredging money, the company’s Deputy Managing Director, Vitaly Kuzrestov, said that the money has been used for Environment Impact Assessment.”

    FG’s Five percent share in Eleme Petrochemical worth USD27 million was never presented at the National Council on Privatization before t’was sold to Indorama.

    Indorama recovered this amount selling Polyethylene and Urea to the entire west Africa sub-region in just 14 months.

    The Atikulate Business Theory: Sell to yourself Government assets that leaves millions in penury, to set up personal businesses that provides for a few. Atiku didn’t employ the few hundreds he employed because he likes them, he needs them to work to preserve what he took from Government

    A man who supervised sales of over 145 federal investments as a vice president, without a thought for today wants to be president.

    He didnt revitalize them.

    He didnt resuscitate them.

    He sold them to whomever agrees to his personal terms

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