President Goodluck Jonathan has reportedly put a halt to plans being made by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to challenge the victory of All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Muhammadu Buhari in the recently concluded presidential elections.
Buhari emerged winner on Tuesday, March 31, and the PDP vowed to challenge the outcome of the polls citing irregularities.
According to The Nation however, the President has decided to raise a Transition Committee instead of heading to an election tribunal.
“The President has prevailed on PDP to drop plans to go to tribunal against Buhari. He said he wants his word to be his bond, having been applauded by the international community,” a source told The Nation.
“At a point, Jonathan said ‘I don’t believe in post-election petition at tribunal because it distracts the incoming administration’. He also said Nigeria must emulate other nations where once the presidential poll is lost and won, the new government must not be distracted with election petitions. He told party leaders that he was not interested in going to the tribunal. It is now left for PDP leaders to heed his advice,” the source added.
Jonathan conceded defeat after the election results were announced and congratulated his opponent via telephone.