Former President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed that he was not forced by anybody, whether within the country or abroad, to concede defeat to Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 elections.
Jonathan explained that his decision was purely because of personal principles and his belief that his ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigeria.
He said this at Bingham University in Nasarawa State, where he and another former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, were conferred with honorary doctorate degrees.
He said: “It is my belief that no one’s political ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian. And I am fulfilled knowing that my conceding while the votes were still being compiled, which was born out of my personal principles and convictions, is generating positive impact in other nations. Let me make it clear, that I was not persuaded to do so by anyone within or outside the country. I know it was the right thing to do.
“My mantra ‘my ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian’ is my vow. It was not just a political slogan. One of the reason I convened the 2014 National Conference was to come up with a polity devoid of tension and crisis. A polity that will bring unity to this country. A polity that will not divide us along tribal, ethnic or religious lines.”