Former President Goodluck Jonathan stated that Nigeria must progress.
Jonathan made the remarks in Abuja after meeting with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to congratulate him on his Supreme Court triumph. Tinubu defeated the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and his Labour Party counterpart, Mr Peter Obi, after the Supreme Court delivered judgment on Thursday on the appeals they filed to challenge the Presidential Election Tribunal Court’s (PEPC) verdict that upheld Tinubu’s victory in the February 25, 2023 election.
However, in response to the Supreme Court decision, Jonathan, a symbol of democracy and peace in Africa, stated that elections are over and urged all party leaders to work together to bring the country forward.
“The country must move forward,” he said. Now that the elections are finished, we must move forward. When he talked on one of our programs, Prof Lumumba stressed the need of Nigeria taking the lead in Africa. We are facing economic hardships, but we still have what it takes to lead.
“These are some of the issues about which I will continue to speak with Mr. President, including briefing him on all of my foreign programs because they are not personal issues.”
“Traditionally, if a former president travels outside the country for continental or regional programs, even if it is a national program, you come home and inform Mr President.” So that’s the custom. When you see me, it’s usually to discuss one of the things we need to do to bring Nigeria, ECOWAS, and the African continent forward. We need to gather everyone, all of our political leaders, even former presidents.”