Obasanjo declines comments on 2019 general elections, gives reasons


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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has given reasons why he would not comment on the outcome of the February 23 presidential election.

Recall that former president backed the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, in the election that was won by the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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

Atiku has since rejected and challenged the result in court. 

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

Obasanjo, however, spoke on 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.

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.”

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 further enhance democracy, security, human right and freedom,” he said.

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